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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01. STU­DIO SUTHERL&

02. NORTH

03. MAN­VS­MA­CHINE

04. THE PART­NERS

05. PEN­TA­GRAM

06. MADE THOUGHT

07. GRAPHIC

THOUGHT FA­CIL­ITY

08. JOHN­SON BANKS

09. USTWO

10. 4CREATIVE

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...

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