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Festival Playground

  • Beat the Hovering Art Director


    We all know the ‘hovering art director’ – that certain someone who monitors your every pixel and vector variation. They’ll inspire you – and sometimes infuriate you. Join Adobe to see how Creative Cloud can be the solution. And there might even be a free ginger beer in it for you too (one-of-a-kind, crafted by you).

    Visit Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Play in the Games Menagerie

    Big Potato

    Big Potato and Hasbro are proud to sponsor and set a D&AD New Blood brief this year. Being a new games company on the block we’ve noticed how few creatives join the industry, which is strange as it can be a very rewarding industry creatively. Our search is on. Drop by the stand for a chat about the industry and a chance to play (and win) a few games too.

    Visit Big Potato

  • What’s your Type?

    Dalton Maag

    Explore your analogue side and get hands-on with typography at the mobile printing studio of independent font foundry Dalton Maag. Whether you love sleek and functional, classic and elegant, or delightfully quirky letterforms, get inspired by our library of typefaces, try your hand at screenprinting, and make your own poster to take home.
    We work with brands big and small to refine logotypes, modify existing typefaces and develop custom-tailored brand fonts. Our clients include Lush, King’s College, Google, Burberry, Amazon and Nike so if you have a type-related question, we’re the ones to ask. Working on a font family as a side project? Stuck on a wordmark? Bring a printout of your work to the D&AD festival and come chat with us, we’ll be happy to share our tips and advice.

    Visit Dalton Maag

  • Immerse yourself in alternative realities

    Digital Catapult

    Immersive technologies are revolutionising how we engage one another, our environment and with brands. Digital Catapult’s mission is to make the UK the best place in the world to create augmented, mixed and virtual reality content. Meet us in the Playground Area and experience these revolutionary tools for yourself.

    Visit Digital Catapult

  • Getty Got Me

    Getty Images

    Time for a new profile pic? Getty Images are hosting a pop-up Photo Studio with one of their top celebrity photographers, Gareth Cattermole – recently named Arts and Entertainment Photographer of the Year at the UK Picture Editor’s Guild Awards. Visit the Getty Images Photo Studio for your complimentary portrait, which will be professionally edited and ready for you to share within an hour.

    Share it on social with #DandAD17 and #gettygotme, and our hashtag printer will produce your very own hard copy to take home.

    Visit Getty Images

  • Tell stories


    The way that people communicate has undergone a seismic shift - from text to visual, from staged to in the moment. Instagram has been at the heart of this shift, and as a platform, has evolved more in the last year than in the previous five years combined. Come and find out how businesses around the world are finding success on the platform.

    Visit Instagram

  • Leave your mark on D&AD Festival

    Microsoft Surface Studio

    Microsoft Surface will be celebrating the moment when inspiration sparks the creative process with the first ever Microsoft Pencil Shaving Award.

    The awards are an open invitation to all attendees to submit an entry that will be judged by the D&AD. Head to the Microsoft Studio at the festival and show us your craft.

  • Polar bear let loose on D&AD

    Sky Creative

    Meet Sky's multi-media creative agency that is involved in projects that support and promote Sky on air and through nationwide 360 campaigns for some of the biggest entertainment programs (Billions, Guerrilla, US Election, Formula 1 etc....) Share discussion on creative and technical process with Designers, Producers and Creative Directors from all departments of Sky Creative.

    Strike the pose on the throne where Game of Throne's Cersei Lannistair sat and meet the unbelievably realistic bear from Fortitude. Help us make this moment unforgettable by sharing your picture using #skycreative #DandAD17

Shutterstock Lounge

  • Shutterstock Present Ornamental Conifer: Cockney Slang

    Shutterstock invites typography artist Ornamental Conifer to use his humorous, innovative style to pay homage to London's cultural evolution. To enter to win a piece of this original Shutterstock x Ornamental Conifer exhibition, simply give your name and email to our roving Shutterstock team within the lounge.

    Visit Shutterstock

  • Craftivism Workshop

    Craftivism: Stitch-able Changemakers

    Complete the letterpress printed stitchable dot-to-dots and reveal the face of your chosen changemaker, reflect on the values threaded through them and their lives, and challenge yourself to think about how you can connect the values threaded through you to your daily actions and decisions. Made ethically by hand using a traditional letterpress printing technique on recycled card. Each dot-to-dot portrait is a one-of-a-kind creation, just like each and every change-maker. 

  • Lizzie King Workshops

    Get Rich or Tie Dyeing & Pencil Piñata Making

    Drop in and dye some shoe laces with Lizzie King. Choose to make a cosmic colourful pair, go totally tropical or opt for a subtle fade. You will leave with your very own set of laces to brighten up your kicks, and while you're here help to decorate the D&AD Pencil Piñata. 

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