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D&AD New Blood 2016

TUESDAY 5th July


We’re here! Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch. Four hours to put the show up. Easy. Chaotic scenes as dozens of willing hands from every university imaginable try to do the same thing and succeed in getting in each other’s way


Two hours later and we’re all done and ready for the judging and the Private View in the evening.

WOW!!! We’ve only broken all records! Yellow stickers everywhere. Eight Nominations!!! What a haul! Unbelievable. Students are on a real high.



First day open to the public – pandemonium all around us. Agency big-hitters, wannabees and parents collide in the melee. Lots of portfolios are reviewed, business cards are swapped and hopes are raised.


Another day open to the public and more portfolios reviewed – followed by the Awards Ceremony in the evening. Drums roll, lights flash and the ceremony begins, the pencils and the winners are announced. All eight of our Nominations get translated into Pencils of one hue or another – including a super-rare White Pencil. Astounding! Eight Pencils is more than we’d ever dreamed of dreaming we’d dare to dream of. Woo-hoo! A quantity of alcohol gets consumed!

Falmouth University on top of the world

Students from the School of Communication Design at Falmouth University have won no less than 16 D&AD pencils in this years awards This represents the most from any single University in the world.

The D&AD award scheme attracts student entries from all over the world. The briefs are written and ultimately judged by leading professionals and are designed to challenge the student’s creativity, craft and communication skills. It arguably represents the ‘Oscars’ of the Design and Advertising industry.

Eight of the pencil winning student entries are from the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course and eight from the MA Creative Advertising course.

‘We are extremely proud of our student’s continued success in national and international award schemes. It not only reflects our student’s commitment, creativity and ability to challenge conventional thinking, but also endorses our approach to teaching, that places creative problem solving and strategic thinking at the heart of the curriculum.’

Jon Unwin, Director of the School of Communication Design

The winning students will be invited to a gala ceremony in London this July, where they will discover whether their entry will win further accolade.

Drum roll please for the following students…

Tom Austin, Matthew Caldwell, Matthew Churchill, Jon Coates, Sajana Dora, Dimitrios Dimitriou, Ryan Ho, Emma Jeffery, Louis Knight, Gabrielle Prawl, Jamie Quantrill, Alycea Marx-Blackwell, Jessica Nineham, Becki Sewell, Jonathan Tubb and Josh Welton,