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D&AD Awards 2024 concludes with 4 Black Pencil winners across a variety of regions and issues

LONDON, UK — The 62nd D&AD Awards Ceremony took place on May 22, 2024 in London, where Black Pencils – the highest accolade in the creative industry – were awarded amongst a total of 652 Pencils.

In a year of fierce debates about the value of “purpose” in advertising and design, the results of this year’s D&AD Awards suggest that best-in-class work can still come from good causes.

The full list of D&AD Award winners was announced at the Southbank Centre, London on Wednesday evening, with two of four recipients of D&AD’s Black Pencils rooted in ideas aiming to have a positive impact on society. Both entries used data and technology in novel ways, with “WhereToSettle” by McCann Poland helping Ukrainian refugees find work and housing, while “WoMen’s Football” by Marcel set out to challenge bias in sport.


The same can be said for winners of D&AD’s coveted Yellow Pencils too, for example, “Transparency Card” by AKQA São Paulo for Congresso em Foco, which tried to help Brazilians identify potential corruption in public spending.

Commenting on this year’s winners, D&AD Trustee Kwame Taylor-Hayford said: “The awarded work for me reflects our industry’s resilience and bravery. In the face of so much change, the creativity awarded at the show demonstrates beautifully how we are expanding our remit far beyond communication, creating products, services, initiatives that drive brand growth, societal change and human connection.” 

The return of fun to craft

But that wasn’t the only theme from this year’s D&AD award winners. Humor won big too, with many of the judges celebrating the return of playfulness and fun to the advertising and design industries, which came through in Yellow Pencil winners “Michael Cerave” by Ogilvy PR and “Sammakorn” by Choojai And Friends, Thailand.  

Standout agencies named

VML New York continued its recent winning streak and was named D&AD’s “Advertising Agency of the Yea” while AB InBev won “Client of the Year” for the second year running. 

Ogilvy and Serviceplan won “Network Agency of the Year” and “Independent Network Agency of the Year,” respectively, while Raw Materials received “Design Agency of the Year” after only launching in 2023. 

A global awards show

This year saw a near-record level of entries to the D&AD Awards, with the highest number of submissions since 2007. There were entries from 78 countries, and 30,000 individual pieces of work making up 12,387 total entries.  

“D&AD is all about championing the universal language of creativity and elevating industry talent, irrespective of geography,” said Jo Jackson, CEO of D&AD. “The fact that this year’s Black Pencil winners are spread across three continents, from Asia, to Europe and North America, shows that our Awards really do embody global excellence in creative craft. It’s an honour to celebrate truly international work.” 

Black Pencil Winners

Four Black Pencils, reserved only for truly groundbreaking work, were awarded to entrants from three different continents: North America, Europe and Asia. 

  • Dentsu Tokyo claimed one Black Pencil in the Art Direction category for “My Japan Railway,” a campaign built around the idea to restore a sense of human connection with railways in Japan.
  • Marcel (France) won a Black Pencil in the Digital & Social category for “WoMen’s Football,” a VFX led campaign highlighting gender bias in football, that went truly viral and became an educational tool.
  • Apple won a Black Pencil in the Digital Design category for “VisionOS,” the design of its groundbreaking operating system.
  • McCann Poland won a Black Pencil in the Experiential category for “WhereToSettle” for Mastercard, a smart-data platform aggregating multiple data points to help Ukrainian refugees map out opportunities for shelter and work across Poland. 

The D&AD’s President’s Award

Chosen by this year’s D&AD President Jack Renwick, the 2024 D&AD President’s Award goes to Jessica Walsh CEO, Founder and Creative Director at &Walsh. Jessica said: “I’m deeply honored to receive the D&AD President’s Award. It’s humbling to join such a prestigious group of past award recipients – many who have inspired my path and continue to inspire me today. I’m grateful for this opportunity to reflect on the work that has brought me to where I am. The greatest joy for me is creating work that touches people, that is relatable, gives back, and that starts a dialogue. Design has the unique ability to shape perspectives and drive change, and I’m passionate about continuing to push boundaries and inspire others in our field. Thank you to D&AD for this prestigious honour and for supporting the transformative power of design.”

D&AD President for 2024, Jack Renwick, Founder of Jack Renwick Studio, reflected on her Award choice: “Jessica Walsh epitomizes what a modern female creative leader can be. Her award winning work forms new conversations and pushes design and branding into new exciting places. With Jess as a role model, I hope to see more Bold, Unapologetic, Formidable women coming into the industry.” 

2024 overall results

The total number of Pencils awarded for the D&AD Awards 2024 by level: 

  • Black: four Pencils awarded
  • White: four Pencils awarded
  • Yellow: 66 Pencils awarded
  • Graphite: 180 Pencils awarded 
  • Wood: 391 Pencils awarded
  • Future Impact: seven Pencils 

Companies of the Year

  • VML New York: Advertising Agency of the Year
  • Raw Materials: Design Agency of the Year
  • DIVISION: Production Company of the Year
  • AB InBev: Client of the Year
  • Serviceplan: Independent Network of the Year
  • Ogilvy: Network of the Year
  • Jessica Walsh: Recipient the President’s Award 

All the Pencil-winning work and shortlisted entries are showcased on the D&AD website

The D&AD Awards Rankings will be released in conjunction with the digital D&AD Annual. Each year D&AD publishes their official table of the most successful companies, networks, countries and clients. The rankings are based on the results of the D&AD Awards, more info can be found here.

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