I’m writing this on press day, in the middle of the bustling hub of creative energy that is D&AD New Blood – the culmination of another year’s graduate show season. It’s always one of the most exciting times of the year for the team, as we discover the next crop of talent who will define the future of our industry.
If you’re looking for designers to inject new life into your studio, on the hunt for your next creative collaborator, or just hungry for new sources of inspiration, grab a coffee and enjoy our expansive 28-page special report, for which we’ve hand-picked 30 incredible graduates to watch.
Meanwhile, if you’re graduating yourself this year, our second feature on page 34 is packed with everything you need to land your first job in design – whether that involves wowing through an internship, nailing an interview or exploring what a recruitment service can offer.
Our series with D&AD New Blood concludes this issue, with advice on future-proofing yourself as a young designer in an ever-changing industry. Next month, we start a brand new series packed with practical skills for junior designers.
As well as fresh talent entering the industry, for us, this month has been defined by those at the other end of the scale: our Brand Impact Awards judging took place at the end of June. We’ll reveal the winners in a couple of issues time: if your agency is one of the 32 on the shortlist, we look forward to seeing you at the ceremony in September.
Pick up CA next month to discover our BIA judges’ insights on everything from wit in branding to the value of taking creative risks. We’ll also be exploring how to run a successful design studio – see you then.
NICK CARSON Editor firstname.lastname@example.org