These are the 2023 Winners of D&AD’s Most Coveted Pencils

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D&AD has awarded its prime honor of a Black Pencil to 2 items of inventive work: a music video from Pharrell, 21 Savage and Tyler, the Creator; and a tool that turns the heartbeats of youngsters with coronary heart defects into musical rhythms. 

The business awards physique reserves its Black Pencil for actually groundbreaking work and offers out a unique quantity every year (final 12 months, there have been 5). Pharrell, 21 Savage and Tyler, the Creator’s “Money In, Money Out” music video, produced by Division, claimed the primary 2023 Black Pencil within the visible results/craft class.

The second Black Pencil–within the product design class–went to The Swedish Heartchild Basis’s Heartbeat Drum Machine, created by Abby.World. The system capabilities as a modular synthesizer and produces rhythms utilizing the electrocardiograms of youngsters with coronary heart defects, channelling misery into artwork. 

D&AD awarded two Collaborative Pencils–celebrating revolutionary and long-lasting collaborations–to Iyama Design and Kamoi Kakoshi Co, Japan, for ongoing work with MT Masking Tape, and to Ogilvy U.Okay. and Unilever for a 66-year partnership starting in 1957, when company founder David Ogilvy wrote the primary print advert for the Dove magnificence bar. 

Different winners

The opposite prime D&AD winners included U.Okay.-based adam&eveDDB as Promoting Company of the 12 months and DDB Worldwide as Community of the 12 months. 

Anheuser-Busch InBev gained Consumer of the 12 months (the corporate can be Cannes Lions’ Inventive Marketer of the 12 months for the second 12 months working). 

King Henry was named Design Company of the 12 months, whereas Division took house Manufacturing Firm of the 12 months. 

D&AD gave its President’s Award–an annual honor for people who’ve made an impressive contribution to the business–to the founders of U.Okay.-based company Mom

“I selected them as a result of I’m a large believer within the energy of a inventive ‘gang,’ and nobody embodies that greater than Mom. Their philosophy is predicated on the inventive collective and its potentialities, and as an outsider trying in, that was intoxicating,” Richard Brim, this 12 months’s D&AD president and adam&eveDDB chief inventive officer, mentioned in an announcement. “Over time, a number of the business’s most proficient people have sat round that desk. With that unfair share of expertise comes the sensible, humorous, populist, batshit-crazy work that … confirmed the business a brand new approach.”