Droga5 founder + creative chairman David Droga inducted into Art Directors Club Hall of Fame

Droga+Hall-of-Famers.jpgScreen shot 2012-10-06 at 9.42.18 PM.jpgThe Art Directors Club, the first global creative collective of its kind and longest standing organisation championing the visual arts, tonight inducted Aussie expat David Droga (far left), founder and creative chairman of Droga 5, into the prestigious ADC Hall of Fame.
The new group of laureates, representing advertising, design, filmmaking, illustration, photography and education, were inducted at a creative black-tie benefit gala held tonight for the first time during Advertising Week in New York, attended by Campaign Brief Asia.


Droga joins the pantheon of greats inducted since 1972, including Bill Bernbach, Leo Burnett, George Lois, Bob Gage, Paul Rand, Ed McCabe, Saul Bass, Herb Lubalin, Milton Glazer, Helmut Krone, Sam Scali, Art Kane, Roy Grace, Arthur Paul, Lee Clow, Bob Gill, Bob Giraldi, Andy Warhol and Annie Leibovitz.
Screen shot 2012-10-06 at 1.57.26 PM.jpgDroga (pictured left by CB tonight with US creative heavyweights Gerry Graf and Susan Credle) is by far the youngest person ever inducted into Hall of Fame, a testament to his brilliant achievements packed into a short 25 year career to date, who started as the mailroom boy at Grey Advertising, Sydney in 1987.

That same year he signed up to AWARD School, came top nationally and was immediately offered a job at FCB. After just two months, he was poached by the legendary start-up, Omon, where he made his creative rep before snaring the ECD role at Saatchi & Saatchi, Singapore, followed by the SE Asia regional role. He then went on to the ECD gig at Saatchi's London, then the worldwide ECD role at Publicis, then started Droga5 - and the rest, as they say, is history.

Apart from Droga, the ADC Hall of Fame laureates for 2012 were:
•  Barry Blitt, illustrator (top centre)
•  Mary Ellen Mark, photographer (top second from left)
•  Kevin O'Callaghan (Educator Award), SVA 3D Design Chair (top right)
•  Deborah Sussman, Principal and Founder, Sussman/Prejza
Screen shot 2012-10-06 at 1.54.29 PM.jpgAd legends there tonight included the great George Lois (left), who actually designed the beautiful ADC Hall of Fame award (below) back in 1971.


Says Ignacio Oreamuno, ADC executive director: "Walt Disney, Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol, Lee Clow, Dan Wieden, Jay Chiat, Alex Bogusky - all incredible legends in our Hall of Fame, who have dramatically altered the industry we work in. This year marks the 92nd year of the Art Directors Club and our Hall of Fame continues to grow with advertisers, designers, educators, artists, photographers and illustrators whose work is quite simply jaw-dropping. This year's Hall of Fame exhibit was our most impressive to date, anyone that attended left both humbled and inspired."
Screen shot 2012-10-06 at 1.59.42 PM.jpgScreen shot 2012-10-06 at 1.59.04 PM.jpgScreen shot 2012-10-06 at 1.57.51 PM.jpgSays Bob Giraldi, film director and owner, Giraldi Media; chair, Live Action Short Film Graduate Department, School of Visual Arts, on Droga: "In the long history of ad agency brilliance-successful writers and outrageously distinctive art directors have ruled the land. And now, add the name; David Droga, to that list as this truly independent and innovative agency thinker rightfully takes his place as one of the creative geniuses of the modern marketing world."

Droga's wife Marissa was there to share in the big moment, together with son Finn (pictured below). As were the key execs from Droga5 including Ted Royer (above left) as well as friend Patsy Peacock (left), chairman of FBI Recruitment.


Helen Droga Ximmerman said:

If you ever saw pictures of my grandfather...you are like reborn.
It's so very sad that we missed a whole age without you guys even though as children we went to the snow to see you guys ... Don't think u were born yet.
So nothing more than Mazeltov. Our little Droga side wish all of you good health. Joy if life and endless love. Love to Anuka. Helen

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