2019 D&AD Awards open for entries

The 2019 D&AD Awards 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.

Eleven reshaped craft categories and Black Pencil Craft jury introduced


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.

Shaping the Future theme


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 interconnection 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.

Creativity is integral to building a better future


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 dandad.org/awards

For D&AD Festival 2019 programme details and to purchase passes, visit dandad.org/festival

Jury presidents for D&AD Awards 2019


JuryJudge NameTitleCompany
JuryJudge NameTitleCompany
AnimationHeather WrightExecutive Producer / Head of Partner ContentAardman Animations
Art DirectionKalpesh PatankarExecutive Creative DirectorVMLY&R
Book DesignJohanna NeurathDesign DirectorThames & Hudson
Branded Content & EntertainmentAlice ChouChief Creative OfficerDentsu
CastingLeanne FlinnCasting DirectorLeanne Flinn Casting
Creativity for GoodNick LawChief Creative Officer & President Publicis CommunicationsPublicis Groupe
Digital DesignJoanna Peña-BickleyHead Of Design and Internet of ThingsAmazon
Digital MarketingAdam KerjChief Creative OfficerAccenture
DirectPer PedersenGlobal Creative ChairmanGrey WW
DirectionAntoine BardouDirectorPartizan
EditingEve AshwellSenior Editor & PartnerThe Assembly Room
ExperientialKate DawkinsFounder & Creative DirectorKate Dawkins Studio
Film AdvertisingTony DavidsonGlobal Partner & ECDWieden + Kennedy
Graphic DesignSagi HavivPartner & DesignerChermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
IllustrationHattie StewartIllustrator 
IntegratedJohn MescallGlobal Executive Creative Director & Global Creative Council PresidentMcCann Worldgroup
Magazine & Newspaper DesignGraham RounthwaiteCreative Directori-D magazine
MediaJacqui LimChief Executive OfficerHavas Media
Music VideosSemera KhanVideo CommissionerPolydor
Packaging DesignAshwini DeshpandeCo-founder & DirectorElephant Design
PhotographyJames DayPhotographerJames Day Photography
PRAmanda GalmesCEOHill+Knowlton Strategies and Colloquial
Press & OutdoorSergio GordilhoCo-President and Chief Creative OfficerAfrica
Radio & AudioDenise RossettoChief Creative OfficerBBDO Toronto
Sound Design & Use of MusicMarkus WeberSound Designer & MDStudio Funk
TypographyMarian BantjesDesigner, Typographer and Illustrator 
Visual EffectsMike McGeeCo-Founder & CCOFramestore
Writing for AdvertisingJavier CampopianoPartner & CCOFCB México
Writing for DesignKate van der BorghCopywriter 

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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