Here & Now

What's Fresh? 17 October

We're pleased to see that entries are already starting to come in for the new look Fresh and we know its going to be a tough competition this year - especially as there are only 10 Awards up for grabs. And what rather lovely awards they are too - each specially made and casted in bronze but if we tell you any more here & now then we'll have to....well not kill you...but certainly swear you to all sorts of secrecy.

Its going to be incredibly interesting at judging as we will have a real battle on our hands with the calibre of each jury wanting their own disciplines to be featured in the final 10. And what amazing juries we have this year.

This week we'll take a look at our very impressive Design Jury which is chaired by Simon Elliott of Rose Design. Simon is one of the two creative partners at multi-award winning branding agency Rose in London. Their increasing international profile is growing through work in India, Russia and Europe. Their current UK clients include Art on the Underground, BAFTA, V&A, Bletchley Park, NPG, Science Museum, ENO and The Lanesborough. Rose are currently ranked in the Top 20 consultancies in the Creative Survey, featured in the Computer Arts Top 30, and were runner-up to Apple as D&AD's most awarded agency in 2014.
Joining Simon is Ben Christie, co founder and Creative Partner of Magpie Studio. 'At Magpie we strive for the perfect harmony between style and substance. I’m passionate about using big ideas to solve problems of all shapes and sizes."

We're also pleased to see back with Fresh, former D&AD president Mark Bonner. Mark graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1993 and worked at The Partners, Carter Wong & Partners and SAS before co-founding multi-disciplinary graphics group GBH In 1999.

Now 20 strong, GBH works internationally across disciplines solving communications problems for clients such as Apple, Puma, Royal Mail, Land Securities, Eurostar, Flos, Starck Network, SBE Entertainment, Virgin Galactic and Yotel.

GBH have consistently ranked within the UK’s top ten most creative design groups by awards won (DW Hot 100 Survey) since its foundation in 1999, reaching No 2 in 2007 and 2011. Mark won a Student Yellow Pencil in 1991 and four Professional D&AD Yellow Pencils between 2005 and 2011 and has received nine D&AD Silver Nominations, six Design Week Award wins including Best of Show in 2003 and a Silver Award at the New York Art Directors Club amongst others. 

Mark is a regular judge in industry awards schemes - eight times at D&AD - including a stint as chairman of the Donside Awards in 2004. Mark is also a regular visiting lecturer at Kingston, LCC and New Bucks Universities.

Rob Howsam is a Founding Partner and Executive Creative Director at Purpose and is also a welcome addition to our Design Jury. After serving his apprenticeship under industry greats – such as Mary Lewis, David Stuart, Aziz Cami and Greg Quinton – Rob established brand agency Purpose in 2003.

Highly experienced in brand identity design and brand building, Rob has helped a range of clients, from start-ups to super brands, to build their brands: Activate Learning, Air BP, Bedell Cristin, Bupa, Epson, Last Word, Nutrahealth, Orange and Virgin Atlantic.Rob’s work has been widely recognised in many International design award schemes and he has judged at D&AD, Fresh Awards and the New York Festivals.

Also back with us is Jim Sutherland. In 2001 Jim Sutherland co-founded Hat-trick Design, consistently one of the top three most awarded design agencies in the UK (and number one in 2011). He left in 2014 to set up Studio Sutherl&.
He has rebranded the Natural History Museum, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis, Land Securities, Williams F1, Prostate Cancer UK, National Museums Scotland, Welsh National Opera, and University of Westminster. He has designed over 50 stamps to date for Royal Mail. He led the design rosters for Land Securities and British Heart Foundation.
He has won over 150 professional awards. These include 78 projects in D&AD, with eight nominations and two yellow pencils: and 35 nominations in the Design Week Awards – twice Best in Show. He has judged D&AD eight times (as Foreman of the Branding Jury this year), as well as the Design Week, Loeries (SA), Kinsale, Roses, ADNC and Fresh Award schemes.
He has spoken at the Design Indaba in South Africa, the London Design Festival at the V&A, the Cheltenham Design Festival and Clerkenwell Design Week. He is a visiting Professor in Design at Norwich University of the Arts, and has given lectures at many UK universities. He recently ran a design workshop for the Sorrell Foundation. He was on the D&AD Executive board from 2009 to 2012 and a governor at Norwich School of Art between 2010 and 2014.
He has published several books, including a children’s book Hide&Eek!, which won a yellow pencil at D&AD in 2014. He is currently working on publishing projects in Spain, Switzerland and Brazil, and a book about Joy in Design.

Stuart Radford is also making a welcome return to our Design Jury. Stuart joined The Partners in 2011 and leads our London design team. He is currently leading branding programmes for London Symphony Orchestra, British Land, Averda and working on a number of projects for Investec Asset Management and its partner African conservation charity, Tusk Trust, amongst others.

Stuart started his career at Fitch, Radley Yeldar and HGV working with Diageo, Barclays, Royal Mail and Unilever. In 1999 he co-founded Radford Wallis where he gained a reputation for highly creative work for clients including Land Securities, The Design Council, Aviva, Ted Baker, Royal Mail and D&AD.

Stuart’s work has been widely recognised by DBA Effectiveness, Design Week, The Drum, Benchmark, New York Art Directors, Cannes Lions and the D&AD. Stuart has judged the student and professional D&AD Awards several times and has been involved with educational programmes for D&AD at Ravensbourne College and the Design Symposium North.
 Last but by no means least is Nick Finney, the co-founder and creative director of NB Studio, one of London’s most respected design agencies. 

He has over 20 years experience in the design industry. His first job was with designer Howard Brown and from there he joined Pentagram.

He has designed identity programmes, communications and marketing materials for clients like Almeida Theatre, Land Securities, John Lewis, TATE, Knoll and Channel 4. NB have received numerous design awards. Nick has given talks at universities and design events and his work has been published widely both in the UK and internationally.

So there you have it, a rather amazing design jury who will be tough to impress!