I’m part of the Writing for Design jury at D&AD this year. Judging takes place this Monday 16 April at Earls Court – the image above is from D&AD and shows the iPods that the judges use to make their decisions. Bet mine still runs out of battery.
I believe nominations and in-books are being announced over the course of the week. The Yellow Pencils are handed out at a live-streamed ceremony on Thursday night, in a change of format from previous years.
I’ve been involved in the judging once before and it was a great experience – lots of lively discussions and plenty of interesting stuff to read (arguably a bit much for one day). But I may get the odd chance to tweet an update if you want to tune in.
In the meantime, if you haven’t come across it already, it’s worth keeping track of a debate taking place on the other side of the Atlantic. Paula Scher recently wrote this article about AIGA and its drift towards celebrating effectiveness over creativity. It’s a well-argued piece and predictably provoked a polarised response (see the comments). Paula Scher has just followed it up here. Although the whole debate is about AIGA, it also has a lot of resonance over here –many of the same issues will no doubt flare up as awards season gets into full swing this week.