Art Directors Club

The Art Directors Club is one of the most concentrated groups of creative talent in the world, and is a gathering place for leaders in visual communication. ADC Members share the vision of our founder, Louis Pedlar, who brought his colleagues in advertising together in 1920 to dignify their profession and judge advertising art by the same stringent standards as fine art. For over ninety years ADC members have taken up Pedlar’s challenge by funding programs to CONNECT, PROVOKE and ELEVATE creative professionals around the world.

Judged by an international panel of the world’s most respected creative professionals, the ADC Annual Awards competition honors the best work from around the world in interactive media, broadcast and print advertising, graphic design, publication design, packaging, photography and illustration. All of the winners are featured in the award-winning Art Directors Annual, the oldest and most respected compendium of outstanding work in the industry, whose pages have been graced by the work of such legendary figures as Saul Bass, Roy Grace, Helmut Krone and Bill Bernbach. Presenting more than 500 full-color images, the Annual is an indispensable reference tool and source of creative inspiration—or visual fuel—for creatives, clients and students alike. On the heels of the awards ceremony, ADC sends the Black, ADC Hybrid, ADC Design Sphere, Gold, Silver and Bronze work on a worldwide tour—from New York to Sao Paolo, Wiesbaden to Beijing, and scores of venues in between—in ADC's International Annual Awards Exhibition.