New Blood, D&AD’s annual showcase of the best new creative talent from around UK, kicks off next week.

For three days, graduates from 85 creative courses across 50 top universities will showcase their very best work in East London.

Comprising the New Blood Exhibition, Festival and Awards, D&AD brings together hundreds of creative graduates and aims to reach young creatives to offer inspiration, learning and genuine opportunities on the way into industry.

The full programme of events runs at Old Spitalfields Market in London from Tuesday 30 June – Thursday 2 July.

The designs and artwork in this feature were from last year's exhibition. See more from New Blood 2014.


Greeting Machine by Kristi Minchin

New Blood’s key mission throughout these events is to highlight the very best in graphic design, visual communication, advertising, digital media, illustration, photography and other commercial creative arts and ensure that these young creatives network with the top influencers from across the commercial communication and design sphere.

During the Festival there's also a jam-packed programme of fringe events, all designed to introduce recent graduates and current students to the creative industry.

Hosted by some of the greatest creative studios, agencies and minds, it's an opportunity to sneak behind the scenes and discover what the future could hold.

Register at www.dandad.org/en/new-blood-festival for the New Blood Exhibition. It's open to the public from Wednesday 1 July and Thursday 2 July and tickets are free. See below how you can beat the queues.

Winners of the New Blood Awards 2015 will be revealed at a ceremony held on Thursday 2 July. Check out this year’s nominees 


Artwork by Lindsay Hardy

Find the talent of tomorrow

Paul Drake, D&AD Foundation Director, said, “New Blood is why D&AD exists. We don’t measure our success by attendance, it’s much more than that, we highlight the best creative talent and serve it up to industry. A successful festival for us culminates in our graduates being hired and fresh talent continuing to thrive and inspire the UKs design and advertising industry.”

If you are a member of the industry and would like to attend a Private View on the evening of Tuesday 30 June, get in touch with [email protected]

If you can’t make it down to the exhibition, then follow the live-blog online.


Artwork by Tom Lodge

Students: make your mark

If you're exhibiting, The New Blood Exhibition gives you the chance to flaunt your best work in the face of the industry, and to make meaningful connections that lands your first break.

This year the New Blood Exhibition is being sponsored by Uniqlo. As part of this partnership, Uniqlo will be launching an exclusive T-shirt design competition at the exhibition, with the winner getting their design produced and a cash prize.

The New Blood Awards give full and part time students, recent graduates and under 24s around the world the chance to take on a variety of industry standard briefs set by global brands. This year these brands included: AirbnB, Facebook, Vice, BBC and WWF.

The Awards will be announced at a special D&AD Ceremony on Thursday 2nd July and shortlisted winners will find out whether they have won a coveted Wood, Graphite, Yellow Black or White New Blood Pencil.

The New Blood Festival is a creative takeover where multiple brands, agencies and studios open their doors to let you experience it from the inside and find out what that dream job may look like. This year the Festival also included also President’s Lecture with typography legend Margaret Calvert.

The New Blood Academy is an intensive two-week bootcamp, sponsored by WPP and filled with inspiring and agitating talks, briefs, hacks and workshops.  Only young creatives who receive a Nomination or higher in the New Blood Awards, or who impress at the New Blood Exhibition, are invited.


Artwork by Katie Ponder