Creativity in business is no longer a luxury, if it ever was. The era of hammering consumers into submission through volume and frequency is largely over. In its place is the surging value of the creative idea — the need, more critical than ever, to find fresh and unconventional ways of thinking about what we make and engaging people to sell it.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s sister publication Adweek‘s inaugural Creative 100 honors the current masters of the creative idea. They are makers of advertising, branded content, technology, products, pop culture and more. And they have one thing in common: They engage audiences with clever, fun, fascinating and entertaining content that’s an irresistible force in a time of ultimate distraction.
The Creative 100 is not meant to be a definitive list of the absolute most creative people in these industries, nor is it ranked in any way (in what would be a futile attempt to quantify creative talent). Rather, it is an evolving mix of senior and junior talent whose work has shone brightly over the previous year. It is also comprised from of U.S. talent only, not a global pool; agency creatives with global roles were not considered, though execs in other industries with some global duties were eligible if they are U.S.-based.
Congrats to everyone on the list. May their stories inspire better work across the board.
Check out all the Creative 100 honorees by category:
This story first appeared on Adweek.com.