UK STUDIO RANKINGS TOP 10 REVEALED IN THE DARK Turn off the lights!
Welcome to the UK Studio Rankings 2017, our annual rundown of the very best design studios in the country, as voted by their peers…
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Earlier this year, we polled over 80 top creative directors, studio founders and design course leaders from across the UK to discover which industry peers they most revere, respect and in some cases envy, to produce our annual UK Studio Rankings. This is all about peer reputation – regardless of number of staff, operating budget or awards won. In short, the 50 world-class studios on this list are there because their fellow designers think they should be.
Each of our panel members were asked to pick the five UK design businesses that they most respect, in order. Studios that regularly create inspiring work that they wish they’d done; like-minded studios with complementary skills and mindsets, who they’ve collaborated with or would like to; studios that have an innovative, creative, groundbreaking approach that they feel is ahead of the curve; or studios that have cleaned up at the big design awards this year. These criteria were only a guide, however – panellists were free to choose based on their own terms too.
This is the UK Studio Rankings’ fourth year, and just as we did in 2015 and 2016, we’ve revealed the changes from last year. Several previous winners and high-rankers feature in our top 10, but the tiny studio in the top spot has rocketed up the list after an incredible year. There are several other major risers too, plus a healthy batch of new entries, and re-entries from agencies that slipped off the list in 2016.
As per usual, we’ve provided some useful stats about the studios on the list, including size, location and opportunities to work for them – as well as their thoughts on the looming issue of Brexit. So read on to discover the UK’s Top 50 studios for 2017...