It has been a long wait for those who entered the D&AD categories that could not be judged fairly online. D&AD decided to postpone judging until it could be done in-person adhering to social distancing rules. The shortlisted entries for Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Book Design and Newspaper & Magazine Design have been chosen. D&AD judging is no complete – finalists in all 38 categories will receive their Pencil results on September 10 in a virtual ceremony. The Black Pencil winners, company rankings and the recipient of the President’s Award will be revealed then.
In Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Book Design and Newspaper & Magazine Design, the top-ranking countries by number of shortlisted entries are:
- United Kingdom – 65 Entries
- United States – 30 Entries
- China – 20 Entries
- Japan – 15 Entries
- Germany – 9 Entries
The top 5 ranking companies for these categories, by number of shortlisted entries are:
- Dentsu Tokyo & Tom Sharp, 7 Entries each
- New York Times Magazine, Nanjing Han Qing Tang Design and Jones Knowles Ritchie – 5 Entries Each
The total number of entries shortlisted in each category is:
- Book Design – 32 Entries
- Graphic Design – 95 Entries
- Magazine & Newspaper Design – 25 Entries
- Packaging Design – 38 Entries
All 190 shortlisted pieces are viewable on the D&AD website.
The D&AD virtual presentation ceremony, designed by Studio Dumbar, will take place at 6pm BST on September 10. It will be presented by D&AD President Kate Stanners and live-streamed via the D&AD website.
Dara Lynch, chief operating officer at D&AD, commented, “The talent and innovation showcased across these categories can only be truly appreciated in a physical setting, and to judge these entries virtually would have been a great disservice to the creatives and their work. Once again, the shortlisted entries for these categories demonstrate the outstanding vision of the global creative community. With all of the shortlists now announced, the exciting next step is to reveal the winners during the virtual ceremony and celebrate the power of creativity during one of the hardest years for our industry.”