Put simply, there's no better way to build your industry profile. Our past winners have cleaned up at other awards. They've appeared in exhibitions around the world. And even featured on the cover of international publications like Time and National Geographic.
For creatives with no more than three years of industry experience. Open to art directors, copywriters and creatives working across digital marketing, experiential, media, PR, outdoor, audio, film and entertainment.
For designers with no more than three years of industry experience. Open to anyone involved with branding, packaging, products, graphics, publications and permanent, temporary or online environments.
For directors with no more than three years of industry experience. Open to directors of film, entertainment, TV, VoD, online content, promotional content and music.
For illustrators with no more than three years of industry experience. Open to illustrators of posters, press adverts, packaging, publications, street art, installations, signage, moving image and digital work.
Learn more about Next
What is it?
In the loud and lively creative sector, it can be hard to hear over the commotion. Next serves to amplify the industry’s emerging voices.
Developing professionals and teams with experience of less than 3 years are recognised across four diverse categories — Next Creative, Next Designer, Next Illustrator and Next Director — competing for exclusive mentoring, training and the coveted Next Pencil.
A D&AD Next Pencil is awarded to rising stars with extraordinary creative flair whom are shaping the future of creativity and craft.
What can I win?
- D&AD Next Pencil
- Your name in the D&AD Annual
- Opportunity to exhibit your work with D&AD
- 2 hours of mentoring with a D&AD judge
- Access to D&AD Campus for 1 year
- D&AD Awarded Membership for 1 year
All shortlisted talent will be invited to a Pencil presentation at D&AD Festival. Winners will be invited on stage to collect their award in front of an audience of creative influencers.
What are the judges looking for?
Work that consistently demonstrates remarkable creative flair, great potential and outstanding craft and technique. They are not looking for the finished article.
The talent's experience should not exceed three years. As a guide, if they have been working consistently then the entry date into the industry should be on or after 11 March 2017. There are exceptions - for example, if you left and re-entered the industry. So long as you have been contributing to project-based work for less than 3 years, you may apply. To check eligibility, please speak to our awards team on +44 (0) 207 840 1111.
How to enter
Entrants into Next Creative, Next Designer and Next Illustrator must submit 4 pieces of work. Entrants into Next Director must submit 2 pieces of work. In all cases, at least one piece must be commercial and it must have been publicly released. If you do not have enough personal work, you are invited to complete a New Blood brief.
Download the new entry kit for eligibility criteria, information on what to submit and your step-by-step guide to entering.