Wednesday, February 15, 2006


It’s here again -- the time of year when a season of inspiration and celebration commences with the launch of D&AD Congress 06 in London. Congress is a time when egos are crushed or exalted, careers are made, and anyone with a passion for creativity can engage with the best work from around the world.

Spanning four separate weeks between April and June, D&AD Congress 06 is the physical manifestation of D&AD’s work, demonstrating the breadth of its global activities. It brings together the entire creative community, educators, and members of the public, in what is now the largest event of its kind for the industry and for those involved in delivering and using creativity and innovation.

“D&AD Congress 06 is not just for the industry, but for everyone with an interest in creativity,” said D&AD Chief Executive Michael Hockney. “We hope that this year’s Congress is going to be the best one yet, with more international judges, new categories and more public exhibitions and lectures than ever before.”

D&AD Congress 06 is endorsed by: The City of London, The Department for Culture, Media & Sport, The Department of Trade and Industry, The Institute of Directors, The Lodon Development Agency/Creative London, and The Mayor of London.

Week One (Mon 3 April – Wed 5 April):

Global Awards 2006 Judging
Over 300 of the world’s most talented and awarded creative practitioners will spend the week in passionate debate (with the occasional argument), selecting the work that will go into the D&AD Annual 2006 and ultimately voting for the works that will be nominated for D&AD Yellow Pencils (Silver Awards).

Week Two (Wed 3 May – Fri 5 May):
Global Awards Nominations Exhibition; President’s Lecture: Massimo & Lella Vignelli; Global Student Awards Judging; Creativity Works selection
D&AD throws open the doors of Old Billingsgate in London for a public exhibition of D&AD Yellow Pencil-nominated work, including Insight Sessions on selected work for visitors who want to know more. D&AD Global Student Awards judging will be taking place that same week, with a building exhibition of the D&AD Yellow Pencil winners of the future running alongside the D&AD Global Awards nominations exhibition. A panel of senior members of the business community and leading creative practitioners will select work that will be developed into Creativity Works case studies, and the week will be topped off with a D&AD President’s Lecture: the first full-length talk in the UK from iconic designers Massimo & Lella Vignelli.

Week Three (Mon 22 May – Wed 24 May):
Global Awards Ceremony & Dinner; President’s Lecture: BBH Retrospective
The week commences with a D&AD President’s Lecture, as John Hegarty and Nigel Bogle look back at over 20 years of inspiring work at BBH. That same week, the leading creative practitioners in the world gather for the D&AD Global Awards Ceremony & Dinner, when D&AD Yellow Pencils are awarded in recognition of those who truly are obsessed with creativity. Ceremony guests will also be the first to find out if anyone has won a D&AD Black Pencil (Gold Award), and the winner of the prestigious D&AD President’s Award, presented in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the world of creativity.

Week Four (Mon 26 June – Thurs 29 June):

New Blood Exhibition, Global Student Awards and Global Awards Exhibitions; Global Student Awards Ceremony & Dinner; Lifeblood lectures; Training and advice sessions; President’s Global Forum on Asia
Week Four focuses on identifying and inspiring emerging talent, with the New Blood exhibition for universities and colleges, an exhibition of the Global Awards winners and Global Student Awards finalists, and the D&AD Global Student Awards Ceremony & Dinner. This week also includes a number of sessions designed to bring together the best new graduates with the most prestigious creative practitioners in the world at Lifeblood lectures and training and advice sessions. Members of the D&AD Jury 2006 will provide a Review of the Year – an event which is open to all and will be free of charge. The D&AD President’s Global Forum on Asia will include a panel drawn from advertising, design, government and education, which will show work and discuss design and advertising in Singapore.

D&AD is a not-for-profit organisation that represents the international design, advertising and creative communities. More than any other organisation, D&AD sets industry standards, educates and inspires the next generation and promotes the importance of creativity, innovation and ideas within the business community.

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