D&AD releases 2014 Annual cover

D&AD has released the cover for its 2014 annual, designed by members of Australian performance and visual art collective, The Kingpins.

D&AD has released the cover for its 2014 annual, designed by members of Australian performance and visual art collective, The Kingpins.

The striking image was created by Técha Noble and Emma Price, two members of the experimental art quartet producing paintings, clothing, video, installations and performance art.

The pair were selected by D&AD president Laura Jordan-Bambach and are one of five creative teams and designers commissioned to work on the annual. The others are Brazilian book designer Elaine Ramos; New Delhi design studio Codesign, Japanese digital collective Rhizomatiks and Vietnamese studio Rice Creative.

Jordan-Bambach says this year’s annual aims to showcase “a new wave of emerging design, which shakes off the shackles of the white, middle-class, western, male perspective, traditional in our industry.”

“In my year as D&AD President, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring design communities and cultures all around the globe. I’ve not only unearthed so much incredible work, but I’ve learned about what design truly means in these place,” she adds.

The book will be released during London Design Festival on September 16 and is available to pre-oder on D&AD’s website. It’s a dramatically different look to last year’s annual cover, which was designed by Bath Spa graduate Fleur Isbell and featured a series of beautiful horizon motifs using latitudinal and meteorological data from 196 countries (see our blog post on it here). 2012’s featured a typographic cover, while 2011′s, designed by Pentagram’s Harry Pearce, was based on the D&AD logo.

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