D&AD: Who won what and why

This year’s D&AD Awards were announced last night. With astounding speed (OK, we got tipped off beforehand) we gathered the thoughts of a panel of leading industry figures on this year’s winners and the organisation’s current status in the creative community

Apple Wins Design Award, But Where’s The Product?

Apple wins design award – not exactly shocking news these days. But how about this: Apple has won Creative Review’s first Design Studio of the Year award, but NOT for its products.
This award is for its graphics and packaging.

This Year’s D&AD Score: Advertising 47 Graphics 7

It looks like being another year in which graphic design will be totally overshadowed by advertising at the D&AD Awards. The nominations, announced today, include just 11 in the Graphic Design category, and four of those are actually for ads – the Peeterman Artois campaign from Lowe London.

Say It Ain’t So

From a 1996 episode of David Letterman’s Late Show: is this where Fallon got the idea for Sony Balls? Please don’t let it be true…

Gunn Report sees UK topple USA

The results of this year’s Gunn Report are in, and suggest that creativity in the UK ad industry is alive and well, as UK agencies top both the Commercials and Print tables, and beat the USA to top the Countries table for the first time in eight years.
The report, which combines the winners’ lists from the most important global award shows to reveal the ads that have won the most each year, saw Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO’s noitulovE spot for Guinness, directed by Daniel Kleinman, take the top spot in the Commercials table. The ad beat Fallon London’s Sony Balls spot and George Patterson Y&R Melbourne’s Big Ad for Carlton Draught Beer, which came second and third respectively.

I Did The music for Sony Paint

In Fallon’s eagerly awaited new Sony Bravia spot, Paint, 70,000 litres of the stuf explodes over a Glasgow estate. Peter Raeburn at Soundtree tells us about his crucial role on the commercial

Sparkling or Still?

Perhaps it’s the effect of all that hype. Perhaps it’s because Balls was so difficult to top. But we’re feeling just a little, well, underwhelmed by Fallon’s finally-released, long-awaited, 70,000 litres of paint-splashing new Sony Bravia spot.
Watch it here

Record Sleeves Of The Week

We like a bit of music here at CR towers. And – but of course – the packaging it comes in… This week we’ve mostly been admiring the sleeves of the following albums:

This is the rather splendid typographic cover of Darkel, a solo album by JB Dunckel, one half of musical duo Air. Label: Prototyp Recordings / EMI. Art direction: H5. Photography: Valérie Sonnier (inner cover photo) and Anthony Mccann (booklet photo).

Serpentine Gallery

This month our panel discuss both the Serpentine Gallery’s Rem Koolhaas pavilion and its Thomas Demand show

Life Less Ordinary

Whether it be for advertising, editorial, or his personal work, Dan Tobin Smith has made an art of transforming the ordinary into the sublime.