We are excited to announce the first wave of judges for the Design Week Awards who will form part of our largest ever panel, made up of experts from all sectors across the industry.
Design Bridge chief creative officer Emma Follett will be joined by Landor & Fitch executive creative director Shaun Loftman, Supple Studio creative director Jamie Ellul, Templo creative director Pali Palavathanan, Collins head of strategy Taamrat Amaize and many others in the Communication section. This covers our identity awards, packaging, brand campaigns, brand strategy, writing for design, editorial design and much more.
You’ll also find illustrator Tom Hovey (best known for his Bake Off illustrations) and book designer and Royal Designer for Industry David Pearson in the Communication section.
The Spaces section includes categories such as exhibition, hospitality, retail, workplace and wayfinding and environmental graphics.
Presiding over Spaces we have the likes of designer Morag Myerscough, creative director Kate Dawkins, artist and designer Camille Walala and Nissen Richards director Pippa Nissen among others.
The Digital section already includes Ustwo design lead Dominic Fisher, Sennep creative director and co-founder Hege Aaby, Bulletproof design director of motion Fahud Ahmed, Studio Output creative director and partner Johanna Drewe, and Else chief design officer Dave Dunlop.
Judges in the products and furniture section so far include Trunki designer Rob Law MBE, Morrama founder and creative director Jo Barnard and Seymourpowell associate design director Nick Sandham.
From the in-house world and wider design industry we have Polaroid chief design officer Ignacio Germade, Barbican digital designer Claudia Toia, National Theatre creative director Ollie Winsor and Design Council chief design officer Cat Drewe who will soon be joined by others. Drewe is one of the people who will be looking at our social design and service design categories.
By assigning judges to particular category groups we can make sure we have the right people in the right place and tap into their expertise. (You can see the full list of categories here). Having such a big panel makes our scoring system more representative and encourages healthy debate while ensuring fairness.
We are still confirming some final names behind the scenes and will be announcing these in due course. More are being confirmed regularly and you can read about all the judges in one place here.