Grad shows 2012 review: D&AD New Blood

The D&AD's New Blood exhibition of work is a great place to see new talent across graphic design, visual communication, illustration, digital design and motion. Here's our pick of the best work.

Along with Simon Manchipp, Ian Wharton, Michael Johnson, Nat Hunter, Jeremy Leslie and others, I was one of the judges tasked with finding the best work at the D&AD's New Blood exhibition, which features work by creative graduates and institutions. Paired with Simon, we went in search of the best work from nine of the 80-odd stands to award Best In Show badges too. Later Digital Arts art editor Johann Chan joined me for a tour of the rest of the stands to bring you our guide to what got us all hot and bothered.

The trends were the same as at many of the grad shows we've been to this year: advertising graduates presenting themselves as agencies, infographics, big bold type, indie comic influenes, and honed concepts as well as craft.

D&AD New Blood is open today and tomorrow at the Old Spitalfields Market between Liverpool St Station and Brick Lane in London. Exhibiting institutions include Middlesex University, University College Falmouth, American InterContinental University London, Edinburgh Napier University, Glasgow School of Art, Bath Spa University, Ravensbourne, University of the West of England, University of Westminster, Kingston University and The Arts University College at Bournemouth.

Joanne Scaife & Simon Theis Jensen aka This Creative Team

Bence Bilekov aka Awake London


Spotted by Layla Boyd of Jelly.

Florian Runge

For more of Florian's work and other great student work from Middlesex University, see our visit to their grad show at Free Range.

Sofia Noble

Paul Brandreth

Terry Hearnshaw

Megan Brooks

(who foolishly has no website)

Tom Mathieson

Dominique Byron


Simon Cheadle


Ben Lambe 

top Ben Lambe, below Ryszard Hajkowicz

Giles Pearson


Jon Roscola


Westminster students

from left to right

Josie Shenoy

Benn Jennings

Paul Hickey

and Jon Roscorla


Note: We may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site, at no extra cost to you. This doesn't affect our editorial independence. Learn more.

Read Next...