Thanks, Dave Palmer, for your observations and wise words on D&AD (Letters, DW 2 October).
Rest assured that the executive and I will be working on all the issues you mentioned – some of which we have already addressed (for instance, the entry fees for graphic design have been reduced). More on that when we launch the call for entries on 15 October.
Next year, maybe you could stand for the D&AD executive, which would give you the chance to find out from the inside how D&AD gives £2m back to education.
We do it, for example, through the President’s Lectures that are now available online for all to enjoy and which D&AD put on at cost; through the free New Blood exhibition, where 120 colleges exhibited and which attracted 7000 visitors; and through the Student Awards, which have become the cornerstone of most design course curriculums.
Find me a golf club that does that and I’ll be your caddy for a week.
Garrick Hamm, D&AD President, London SE11