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    D&AD New Blood Award winners announced for 2018

    D&AD has revealed the winners of the 2018 New Blood Awards at a ceremony in London, with a total of 194 Pencils awarded.
    New Blood Festival. Image supplied.
    New Blood Festival. Image supplied.

    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. Handpicked 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 1,000 exhibiting students for its ‘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.

    Powerful, emotive and relevant

    One Black Pencil was awarded this year, to #DearMrHousingMinister in response to the Nationwide and Shelter brief. 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

    Foot-in-the-door
    The New Blood Awards are a platform for students and other new creatives to showcase their talents on real briefs, set by real clients. 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.

    Meet the Class of 2018 here.

    Winning work

    The Black Pencil Winner
    Nationwide and Shelter – #DearMrHousingMinister
    Winner: Naomi Taylor
    College: School of Communications 2.0

    The White Pencil Winners
    Digital McKinsey - Bolo. Banking for the Illiterate
    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

    Burger King - It’s Not the Same Without the Flame
    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

    Student(s)Stand No.UniversityCourse
    Sophie Lawrence78,79BournemouthIllustration
    Terri Po92,93EdinburghIllustration
    Josh Atkinson89LeedsIllustration
    Jo Ruessmann92, 93Edinburgh College of ArtIllustration
    Lauren Morsley76Duncan JordanstoneIllustration
    Elinor O'Brien77Uni of LeedsGraphic Design
    Deniz Gunsav78, 79BournemouthIllustration
    Bronte Hall89Leeds Art UniIllustration
    Amy Johnstone97-99HuddersfieldGraphic Design/Illustration
    Gabby & Aaaron FalmouthCreative Advertising
    Fenella Samways-Dalton46,47Norwich Uni of the ArtsGraphic Design/Graphic Communication
    Amy Tavener70, 71, 72FalmouthMA Creative Advertising
    Aamir Usman + Surabhi Mokashi FalmouthMA Creative Advertising
    Becky and Beth University of GloucestershireBA Advertising
    Lily Arundell, Maddy Russel, Amy Joslyn46Norwich Uni of the ArtsDesign for Publish
    Anna Tarariello47Norwich Uni of the ArtsDesign for Publish
    Ibrahim Karim24, 25Duncan of Jordanstone Uni of DundeeBDES Hons Graphic Design
    Asaf Hagag8University of GreenwichBA Hons Graphic Design & Digital Design
    Roberto Cutrera11,12Birmingham City UniBA Hons Graphic Comms
    Rosanna Rossetti11,12Birmingham City UniBA Hons Graphic Comms
    Tom Knowles & Ben Wood1,2Nottingham TrentBA Hons Graphic Design
    Yolande Rapela15,16PortsmouthGraphic Design
    Jude Amponsah1,2Nottingham TrentGraphic Design
    Stuart Water6,7South Bank ArtsHNDY Graphic Design
    Samual Jones5South Essex CollegeGraphic Design
    Sam Miller9,10Plymouth UniversityGraphic Design
    Jenny Skivington Glasgow Clyde CollegeGraphic Design
    Gail Mcfazdean50UCLGraphic Design
    Bethany Harrison39UCLGraphic Design
    Louise Francessca Bayton60University of West LondonGraphic Design
    Camilla Khadija Sovile56,57Middlesex UniGraphic Design
    Llyr Scale52,53Uni of WestminsterVis Com
    Louis Murphy Hancock28, 39, 50UCLANGraphic Design & Advertising
    Dominic Lobban68,69NorthumbriaInteraction Design
    Frederick Wiltshire61,62BournemouthVis com
    Frida Skalsness56,57Middlesex UniGraphic Design
    Wang Ya (Diana)28, 39, 50LancashireGraphic Design
    James H Riley64Northumbria UniAdveritising
    Alice Soulard61,62BournemouthVisual Communication

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