Emiliano Ponzi's series of book covers for the Italian language editions of the German-born American writer Charles Bukowski’s novels, poetry and short stories received a Gold Cube for Illustration in the Art Directors Club 92nd Annual Awards. The series has already received many accolades, winning a Gold Medal in the Society of Illustrators' Illustrators 55 competition.
Published by Feltrinelli, Emiliano has illustrated nine titles so far. Bukowski, famed for his gritty, explicit style of writing, depicted "a certain taboo male fantasy: the uninhibited bachelor, slobby, anti-social, and utterly free" said Michael Greenberg of The Boston Review. The illustrations Emiliano created needed to communicate both the titles and Bukowski himself, and they succeeded in doing so.
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. Winners are presented with the ADC's coveted Gold and Silver Cubes at a gala ceremony each spring. 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. On the heels of the awards ceremony, ADC sends the 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.