ADC is the first global organization to celebrate and award leaders in creative communications.

Louis Pedlar founded ADC in 1920 to ensure that advertising was judged by the same stringent standards as fine art. More than 90 years later, ADC remains committed to championing the importance of artistry and craftsmanship in advertising and design.

A nonprofit membership organization boasting one of the most concentrated groups of creative talent in the world, ADC’s mission is to connect creative professionals around the globe, while simultaneously educating and inspiring world-changing ideas through its programming. From its Manhattan gallery to its international membership base, ADC provides a neutral forum for creatives of all levels to network, learn and grow.

As a gathering place for leaders in visual communication, ADC brings together the best minds in the creative industries to celebrate the winners of the ADC Annual Awards and ADC Young Guns competitions; to help a new generation of creative leaders rise up through the Henry Wolf Workshops and Saturday Career Workshops; to provoke international creative minds with the editorial of the ADC Blog, and to laud the lifetime achievements of its esteemed Hall of Fame laureates.


The History of ADC