Australia scores 4 Yellow Pencils, 3 Graphite Pencils + 16 Wood Pencils at 62nd D&AD Awards

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Australia scores 4 Yellow Pencils, 3 Graphite Pencils + 16 Wood Pencils at 62nd D&AD Awards

Australia has won an impressive four Gold Yellow Pencils, three Graphite Pencils and 16 Wood Pencils at the 62nd D&AD Awards Ceremony, which took place last night Wednesday 22nd of May 2024 in London.


Australian Yellow Pencil winners include M&C Saatchi Australia for Minderoo Foundation ‘The Plastic Forecast’ in the PR – Public Affairs category; CHEP Network for School Strike 4 Climate ‘Doctor’s Certificate’ in PR – Creative Use of Budget; Revolve with HeimatTBWAGermany for Hornbach ‘The Square Meter’ in Production Design – Short Form category and Innocean Worldwide for White Ribbon Magazine & Newspaper Design – Special Issues.

Australian agencies and companies scoring one Graphite Pencil apiece include CHEP Network for School Strike 4 Climate ‘Doctor’s Certificate’; MassiveMusic and The Monkeys for Sydney Opera House ‘Play It Safe’ and Jacky Winter with R/GA APAC for PONOS The OutCats’.

Wood Pencils went to Dentsu Creative, VML Australia, Collider, Finch, The Monkeys, Special, Denomination, For The People, Mathematic/Bear Meets Eagle On Fire/DIVISION, M&C Saatchi and Revolver/HeimatTBWAGermany.

In a year of fierce debates about the value of ‘purpose’ in advertising and design, the results of this year’s D&AD Awards suggest that best-in-class work can still come from good causes.

The full list of D&AD Award winners was announced at the Southbank Centre, London last night, with two of four recipients of D&AD’s Black Pencils, the highest accolade in the creative industry, are rooted in ideas aiming to have a positive impact on society. Both entries used data and technology in novel ways, with WhereToSettle by McCann Poland, helping Ukrainian refugees find work and housing, while WoMen’s Football by Marcel set out to challenge bias in sport.

The same can be said for winners of D&AD’s coveted Yellow Pencils too, for example Transparency Card by AKQA São Paulo for Congresso em Foco, which tried to help Brazilians identify potential corruption in public spending.

Commenting on this year’s winners, D&AD Trustee Kwame Taylor-Hayford said: “The awarded work for me reflects our industry’s resilience and bravery. In the face of so much change, the creativity awarded at the show demonstrates beautifully how we are expanding our remit far beyond communication, creating products, services, initiatives that drive brand growth, societal change and human connection.”

But that wasn’t the only theme from this year’s D&AD award winners. Humour won big too, with many of the judges celebrating the return of playfulness and fun to the advertising and design industries, which came through in Yellow Pencil winners Michael Cerave by Ogilvy PR and Sammakorn by Choojai And Friends, Thailand.

VML New York continued its recent winning streak and was named D&AD’s ‘Advertising Agency of the Year’ while AB InBev won ‘Client of the Year’ for the second year running.

Ogilvy and Serviceplan won Network Agency of the Year and Independent Network Agency of the year, respectively, while Raw Materials received ‘Design Agency of the Year’ after only launching in 2023.

This year saw a near-record level of entries to the D&AD Awards, with the highest number of submissions since 2007. There were entries from 78 countries, and 30,000 individual pieces of work making up 12,387 total entries.

“D&AD is all about championing the universal language of creativity and elevating industry talent, irrespective of geography,” said Jo Jackson, CEO of D&AD. “The fact that this year’s Black Pencil winners are spread across three continents, from Asia, to Europe and North America, shows that our Awards really do embody global excellence in creative craft. It’s an honour to celebrate truly international work.”

Black Pencil Winners 

Four Black Pencils, reserved only for truly groundbreaking work, were awarded to entrants from three different continents: North America, Europe and Asia.

• Dentsu Tokyo claimed one Black Pencil in the Art Direction category for My Japan Railway, a campaign built around the idea to restore a sense of human connection with railways in Japan.
• Marcel (France) won a Black Pencil in the Digital & Social category for WoMen’s Football, a VFX led campaign highlighting gender bias in football, that went truly viral and became an educational tool.
• Apple won a Black Pencil in the Digital Design category for VisionOS, the design of its groundbreaking operating system.
• McCann Poland won a Black Pencil in the Experiential category for WhereToSettle for Mastercard, a smart-data platform aggregating multiple data points to help Ukrainian refugees map out opportunities for shelter and work across Poland.

The D&AD’s President’s Award

Chosen by this year’s D&AD president Jack Renwick, the 2024 D&AD President’s Award goes to Jessica Walsh CEO, founder, creative director at &Walsh.

Says Walsh: “I’m deeply honoured to receive the D&AD President’s Award. It’s humbling to join such a prestigious group of past award recipients—many who have inspired my path and continue to inspire me today. I’m grateful for this opportunity to reflect on the work that has brought me to where I am. The greatest joy for me is creating work that touches people, that is relatable, gives back, and that starts a dialogue. Design has the unique ability to shape perspectives and drive change, and I’m passionate about continuing to push boundaries and inspire others in our field. Thank you to D&AD for this prestigious honour and for supporting the transformative power of design.”

Says Renwick: “Jessica Walsh epitomises what a modern female creative leader can be. Her award winning work forms new conversations and pushes design and branding into new exciting places. With Jess as a role model, I hope to see more Bold, Unapologetic, Formidable women coming into the industry.”

2024 Overall Results  

The total number of Pencils awarded for the D&AD Awards 2024 by level:
Black: 4 Pencils awarded
White: 4 Pencils awarded
Yellow: 66 Pencils awarded
Graphite: 180 Pencils awarded
Wood: 391 Pencils awarded
Future Impact: 7 Pencils

Companies of the Year

Advertising Agency of the Year: VML New York
Design Agency of the Year: Raw Materials
Production Company of the Year: DIVISION
Client of the Year: AB InBev
Independent Network of the Year: Serviceplan
Network of the Year: Ogilvy
Recipient the President’s Award: Jessica Walsh

All the Pencil-winning work and shortlisted entries are showcased on the D&AD website.