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D&AD Announces 2018 New Blood Award Winners

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194 Pencils awarded in total to emerging talent, selected from thousands of entries received from 54 countries

D&AD Announces 2018 New Blood Award Winners
Last night, at a buzzing ceremony in London, D&AD revealed the winners of the 2018 New Blood Awards.

The winners impressed the judges with their creative thinking and practical skills and tonight received one of the industry’s most prestigious creative accolades: a New Blood Pencil. Hand picked by some of the industry’s leading lights from thousands of entries from across 54 countries, the winners represent the best of emerging talent from around the globe.

194 Pencils have been awarded in total, with one Black Pencil, four White Pencils and 29 Yellow Pencils among the coveted accolades. Judges also awarded Best Stand at the New Blood Festival and selected 39 graduates from 1000 exhibiting students for it’s ‘One to Watch’ award.

Winning entries ranged from the playful - giving a nod to the fun that youth culture can add to advertising - to tackling important current issues such as homelessness, environmental impact, access to education, unsolicited imagery and feminism. Entries spanned across the full spectrum of design disciplines from digital design, illustration and graphics to intricately crafted animation, pointing to a rich culture for future commercial creativity.

One Black Pencil was awarded this year, to #DearMrHousingMinister. Naomi Taylor from the School of Communication Arts 2.0 impressed the judges with her work, which was described as ‘a powerful, emotive and relevant piece grounded in humanity and hardship’. The judges further commented that her ‘spine-chillingly apt account of the housing crisis’ should be the level that future professional D&AD entries should be measured against. Naomi will certainly be one to watch.

Tim Lindsay, CEO of D&AD commented: “#DearMrHousingMinister offers a fresh perspective to an old problem and is a worthy winner for this year’s awards. It embodies what a New Blood Pencil is all about. It also speaks to the important role of creative thinking as a powerful tool for change. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Looking at the quality of work, I’m confident that the future of our industry is in capable hands.”

With more than 126,000 brief downloads to 116 countries, 2018 was a record year for the programme.

The full Pencil statistics are as follows:

- 1 Black Pencil
- 4 White Pencils
- 29 Yellow Pencils
- 40 Graphite Pencils
- 120 Wood Pencils

The New Blood Awards are a platform for students and other new creatives to showcase their talents on real briefs, set by real clients. No other programme offers such a comprehensive test, or a more accurate representation of the challenges that await on the other side. Brand representatives and industry experts decide what work wins a coveted New Blood Pencil, and the bar every year is extremely high.

Entry to the awards is open to anyone in full or part-time education, recent graduates who finished their course within the past two years and anyone 23 or under.

All Pencil winners were eligible to apply for the New Blood Academy 2018 with WPP, where 50 graduates attend a two-week creative bootcamp. The Academy provides an opportunity to learn from the best in the business, with attendees working alongside WPP agencies on a live brief in order to secure a foot-in-the-door with a series of paid placements up for grabs. This year students will be working alongside creative luminaries as well as working on a live brief in their final week.

Winning Work

The Black Pencil Winner

Nationwide and Shelter - #DearMrHousingMinister
Winner: Naomi Taylor
College: School of Communications 2.0

The White Pencil Winners

Winners: Deepika Desai, Donghoon Lee and Philip Tabah
College: Miami Ad School San Francisco

Digital McKinsey - YETU 
Winners: Megan Egan and Jonothan Hunt
College: School of Communication Arts 2.0

Dropbox Paper - The Dirty
Winners: Manon Drielsma, Hou Fong (Brian) Lo, Lizzie Smith and Olivia Mullins
College: University of Technology, Sydney

New Blood Side Hustle with Adobe - Made By Refugee
Winner: Jillian Young
College: Miami Ad School New York

A Selection of Yellow Pencil Winners

Adidas - Pure Sweat
Winners: Johanna Davis, Elin Hjelte, Ellen Marklund and Nicholas Sjöberg
College: Berghs School Of Communication

Winners: John Dillon, Nick Landon, Sydney Lindsey and Sydney Lippman
College: The Creative Circus

giffgaff - #giffconsent 
Winners: Elise Smidt, Jennifer Dewar and Karina Bonnin
College: Edinburgh Napier University

New Blood Side Hustle with Adobe - Bot Ad School 
Winner: Sam Cable
College: NA

The Beano - Beryl The Third 
Winner: Aïcha Wijland
College: University of Otago, New Zealand

Best Stand Winners

Winner: Edinburgh Napier College
BDes (Hons) Graphic Design
Stand 40 & 41

Runner Up: Falmouth University
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Stand 37 & 38

Runner Up: Arts University Bournemouth
BA (Hons) Illustration
Stand 78 & 79

One to Watch Winners


Stand No.



Sophie Lawrence




Terri Po




Josh Atkinson




Jo Ruessmann

92, 93

Edinburgh College of Art


Lauren Morsley


Duncan Jordanstone


Elinor O'Brien


Uni of Leeds

Graphic Design

Deniz Gunsav

78, 79



Bronte Hall


Leeds Art Uni


Amy Johnstone



Graphic Design/Illustration

Gabby & Aaaron


Creative Advertising

Fenella Samways-Dalton


Norwich Uni of the Arts

Graphic Design/Graphic Communication

Amy Tavener

70, 71, 72


MA Creative Advertising

Aamir Usman + Surabhi Mokashi


MA Creative Advertising

Becky and Beth

University of Gloucestershire

BA Advertising

Lily Arundell, Maddy Russel, Amy Joslyn


Norwich Uni of the Arts

Design for Publish

Anna Tarariello


Norwich Uni of the Arts

Design for Publish

Ibrahim Karim

24, 25

Duncan of Jordanstone Uni of Dundee

BDES Hons Graphic Design

Asaf Hagag


University of Greenwich

BA Hons Graphic Design & Digital Design

Roberto Cutrera


Birmingham City Uni

BA Hons Graphic Comms

Rosanna Rossetti


Birmingham City Uni

BA Hons Graphic Comms

Tom Knowles & Ben Wood


Nottingham Trent

BA Hons Graphic Design

Yolande Rapela



Graphic Design

Jude Amponsah


Nottingham Trent

Graphic Design

Stuart Water


South Bank Arts

HNDY Graphic Design

Samual Jones


South Essex College

Graphic Design

Sam Miller


Plymouth University

Graphic Design

Jenny Skivington

Glasgow Clyde College

Graphic Design

Gail Mcfazdean



Graphic Design

Bethany Harrison



Graphic Design

Louise Francessca Bayton


University of West London

Graphic Design

Camilla Khadija Sovile


Middlesex Uni

Graphic Design

Llyr Scale


Uni of Westminster

Vis Com

Louis Murphy Hancock

28, 39, 50


Graphic Design & Advertising

Dominic Lobban



Interaction Design

Frederick Wiltshire



Vis com

Frida Skalsness


Middlesex Uni

Graphic Design

Wang Ya (Diana)

28, 39, 50


Graphic Design

James H Riley


Northumbria Uni


Alice Soulard



Visual Communication

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D&AD, Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:07:38 GMT