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D&AD Kicks off Awards and Festival 2019 with Exclusive Event Featuring Dazed’s Jefferson Hack

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2019 Festival theme is ‘Shaping the Future’ with the content tracks Craft, Connect and Impact, first speakers confirmed

D&AD Kicks off Awards and Festival 2019 with Exclusive Event Featuring Dazed’s Jefferson Hack
The 57th Annual D&AD Awards launch today and are now open for entry, with eleven categories reimagined to highlight the best of the modern creative industries. To mark the opening of the Awards and Festival, Dazed Media CEO and co-founder Jefferson Hack is speaking to Patrick Burgoyne of Creative Review about his career in creativity at an event hosted tonight in London at D&AD HQ.

D&AD’s mission is to recognise creative excellence in design and advertising around the world, in the belief that creativity can contribute to a better future for business and society. At the heart of this belief is the pursuit of a fairer, more diverse and more inclusive industry, adapted to the rapidly evolving needs of our changing world.  

This year sees eleven categories reimagined specifically to represent the craft disciplines Animation, Casting, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Illustration, Photography, Production Design, Sound Design & Use of Music, Typography and Visual Effects. The Jury Presidents of the craft categories will then form the Black Pencil Craft Jury to better spotlight standalone crafts to be judged in context at the highest and most prestigious level. 

Additional changes to this year’s Awards include the opportunity for budding professionals to submit their work into newly formed ‘Next’ subcategories, a platform for emerging creatives, designers and crafts practitioners to showcase their individual talents.

The Collaborative category will move from fee-based to a “special” award to honour the design, advertising and production companies that maintain long-term successful relationships with their clients. 

Shortlists will also be announced following the first round of live judging on 20 and 21 May 2019 in order to acknowledge the good work that nearly made it to a Pencil.

The deadline for entries is 20 February 2019, and entries received by 12 December 2018 will be eligible for a 10% discount on the entry fee.

D&AD Festival, where craft, creativity and culture collide, returns to The Old Truman Brewery, London, as the UK’s largest event for global creative talent. It will be held 21 - 23 May 2019. 

To coincide with D&AD’s mission, the chosen theme for this year’s Festival is Shaping the Future. This theme is reflected in the Festival’s identity, designed by Village Green, and constructed around the dynamic interchange between 2-D and 3-D elements inspired by D&AD’s iconic brand and speaking to the foundations of creative expression. The identity will be revealed in three stages using experimental graphic forms and motifs that will evolve over the course of the campaign, with forms and objects ‘reshaping’ in a dynamic and unexpected way to highlight the inter-connection between the disciplines celebrated at the Festival. 

Throughout the three-day event, leaders in creativity will share their thoughts and insights on the future, while attendees will enjoy a bigger series of talks, debates, briefs, workshops and parties all culminating in the 57th annual D&AD Awards Ceremony on 23 May 2019.

While the Festival has moved to May, the Awards entry deadline remains in February with final close in March.

Harriet Devoy, D&AD President, said “In line with this year’s Festival theme, we’ve reshaped our Awards and Festival to better represent our industry and the creative talent within it. We have reimagined the role of craft into specialised categories within the Awards, and as champions of emerging talent within our industry, we welcome the addition of the ‘Next’ category to recognise the creative stars of tomorrow. We can’t wait to see the range of high quality entries representing the full creative spectrum this year.”

Tim Lindsay, D&AD CEO, said “The belief that creativity is integral to building a better future is key to D&AD Awards and Festival. Each year we focus our efforts on stimulating those who are excelling in their creative fields and looking to shape the future of this industry. We’re glad to unveil this year’s identity created by design agency Village Green, which captures D&AD’s mission to become an organisation for the future. In the meantime, we wish all those applying to the Awards the best of luck.” 

For more information on D&AD Awards, the categories and how to enter, visit 

For D&AD Festival 2019 programme details and to purchase passes, visit

Jury Presidents for D&AD Awards 2019:

Jury Judge Name Title Company
Animation Heather Wright Executive Producer / Head of Partner Content Aardman Animations
Art Direction Kalpesh Patankar Executive Creative Director VMLY&R
Book Design Johanna Neurath Design Director Thames & Hudson
Branded Content & Entertainment Alice Chou Chief Creative Officer Dentsu
Casting Leanne Flinn Casting Director Leanne Flinn Casting
Creativity for Good Nick Law Chief Creative Officer & President Publicis Communications Publicis Groupe
Digital Design Joanna Peña-Bickley Head Of Design and Internet of Things Amazon
Digital Marketing Adam Kerj Chief Creative Officer Accenture
Direct Per Pedersen Global Creative Chairman Grey WW
Direction Antoine Bardou Director Partizan
Editing Eve Ashwell Senior Editor & Partner The Assembly Room
Experiential Kate Dawkins Founder & Creative Director Kate Dawkins Studio
Film Advertising Tony Davidson Global Partner & ECD Wieden + Kennedy
Graphic Design Sagi Haviv Partner & Designer Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
Illustration Hattie Stewart Illustrator
Integrated John Mescall Global Executive Creative Director & Global Creative Council President McCann Worldgroup
Magazine & Newspaper Design Graham Rounthwaite Creative Director i-D magazine
Media Jacqui Lim Chief Executive Officer Havas Media
Music Videos Semera Khan Video Commissioner Polydor
Packaging Design Ashwini Deshpande Co-founder & Director Elephant Design
Photography James Day Photographer James Day Photography
PR Amanda Galmes CEO Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Colloquial
Press & Outdoor Sergio Gordilho Co-President and Chief Creative Officer Africa
Radio & Audio Denise Rossetto Chief Creative Officer BBDO Toronto
Sound Design & Use of Music Markus Weber Sound Designer & MD Studio Funk
Typography Marian Bantjes Designer, Typographer and Illustrator
Visual Effects Mike McGee Co-Founder & CCO Framestore
Writing for Advertising Javier Campopiano Partner & CCO FCB México
Writing for Design Kate van der Borgh Copywriter

Key dates:

1 November 2018 - D&AD Awards open for entries
12 December 2018 - D&AD Awards 10% discount deadline 
20 February 2019 - D&AD Awards entry deadline 

13 March 2019 - Final Deadline* (*late fees apply after 20 Feb)

18 - 20 May 2019 - D&AD Awards Judging 

20 - 21 May 2019 - D&AD Awards Shortlists announced

21 May 2019 - D&AD Awards Black Pencil Judging
21 - 23 May 2019 - D&AD Festival, London 
23 May 2019 - D&AD Awards Ceremony, London

D&AD Festival speakers confirmed so far:

Jefferson Hack (CEO and co-founder of Dazed)

Alice Tonge (Head of 4creative)

Dan Goods (Visual Strategist at NASA) 

Edel Rodriguez (Artist) 

Shantell Martin (Visual Artist) 
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D&AD, Thu, 01 Nov 2018 20:06:21 GMT