D&AD reveals line-up for 2016 New Blood Awards 


D&AD has revealed its global brand partners as it opens the call for entries for the 2016 New Blood Awards with another fantastic line-up of briefs. Each brief has been designed to set a unique challenge and are supported by a great range of learning resources and industry insight.

Amnesty International, Dazed, and Ford are among the 17 brands setting challenges as part of the world’s leading programme for new creative talent. With a hugely successful response to the 2015 awards, brands that are returning for a second year include John Lewis, BBC, Monotype, WWF and Nationwide. Open to any young creative aged 23 or under, in addition to current students and those within two years of graduation, the New Blood Awards offer tomorrow’s creative superstars a chance to tackle real briefs, set by real clients and judged by top industry creatives.

The 2016 briefs:

New Blood offers Amnesty International an incredible opportunity to tap into the power and energy of a new generation of creative minds. We hope their work will inspire new audiences to take injustice personally and engage with our global movement of activists and campaigners

Matt Haigh,

Head of Design, Amnesty International



As always the 2016 New Blood Awards will feature a mix of topical ideas and craft-based briefs, encouraging creatives to hone their skills on creative missions that are both a comprehensive test of their abilities and an accurate representation of the challenges that await them when they start working.

Ideas briefs challenge young creatives to consider how ideas need to be looked at from different angles for different channels and to seek out collaboration to compliment their own skillsets, whilst craft briefs offer entrants an opportunity to demonstrate impressive ability across copywriting, graphic design, digital design, photography, illustration, moving image and typography.

Each brief has been designed in collaboration with industry experts to both reflect the real current business challenges faced by modern brands and develop the creative skills most sought after by industry, ensuring that the future superstars of tomorrow are ready for the challenge.

Paul Drake, D&AD Foundation Director, explains:

New Blood is at the heart of everything D&AD does. This is an often -repeated statement, but it is the truth. We offer graduates a step-up into the real world of the creative industries, aided by answering briefs that are set by brands who feel as passionately about emerging talent as we do.

New blood briefs are designed to be both challenging and demanding, but every year we are delighted by the strength of talented and passionate individuals who enter the awards. If you can shine and win a Pencil, you’ll earn immediate industry ‘one-to-watch’ status. And for a new creative, there’s few better accolades.

Following a hugely successful programme in 2015, WPP, the world’s leading advertising and marketing services group, will again offer its substantial support in providing inspiration, learning and genuine breaks for young creatives around the world on the way into industry. Significantly, WPP’s involvement ensures that for the third year, New Blood will offer the ultimate prize for any aspiring creative looking for their break, with paid apprenticeship opportunities up for grabs for the programme’s highest achievers.

The New Blood Academy is open to applications for all New Blood Awards winners. There are also wildcard places available for exhibitors who impress at the New Blood Festival, the UK’s biggest graduate show for visual arts and communications courses.

New creatives will have until Wednesday 16 March 2016 to submit their entries, with the winners announced at the Awards Ceremony on in early July 2016.