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Design Bridge x D&AD New Blood 2016

D&AD New Blood is a very special thing. Inspiring and showcasing the next generation of creative talent, D&AD New Blood really can help kickstart your career in the creative industries.

Many of us have been involved in D&AD New Blood in some way over the years, and this year we set a brief for the New Blood Awards – a competition that’s been going on for 35 years, and one of the best ways for young creatives to gain recognition in the industry.

DB’s Asa Cook (Creative Director) and Melissa Preston (a previous D&AD New Blood winner and Designer at DB London) went along to the Awards ceremony, held in the Truman Brewery in East London, to hand over the coveted Pencil awards to this year’s winners.

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Melissa commented, “It was an amazing experience to be part of writing the brief and judging this year’s New Blood entries. The sheer amount of entries was incredible and the breath of ideas was great. Judging is a really rigorous process so all the winners should feel very proud!”

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But it’s not just about awards. As part of the New Blood Festival we held an event in our London Studio, inviting recent graduates, students and young creatives to come along and find out more about who we are, what we do, and get some careers advice from the team…

Charlie Davis, Designer

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“My advice would be to let your abilities and passion be seen by employers.”

James Morgan, Film and Animation Designer

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“For me I think the biggest tip for getting a job is show passion for your work, others work, and that you always want to learn more. This can be done by asking clever questions in interviews and demonstrating a real interest in the company’s work (and also knowing what work the company has done!). Having a good portfolio can only get you so far, but showing that you can work with other people – and that you’re determined to put in the extra work – has a much bigger impact.

Overall I think that having amazing work will help you to get your foot in the door, but connecting with people will help you get that job you really want.”

Cristina Tang, 3D Designer

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“I know it’s easier said then done, but don’t be nervous in interviews. Talk through your work confidently and just be yourself. Your portfolio got you through the door already, we would like to know about YOU!”

Charlotte Langley, Designer

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“When you get an interview and bring your portfolio in, make sure you are confident with all the work you are presenting. If you don’t believe in your work, no one else will either!”

Chloe Templeman, Design Director

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“A portfolio should be about great ideas & that’s what we look for at DB. Someone with big ideas, who can confidently chat through them in an engaging and friendly way, is someone who would be a great fit here!”

Our guests were also invited to ask the team questions, and one person asked, “What’s your favourite thing about working at DB?”. Here’s what they had to say…

Charlie: “Waking up every day and coming to work to do what you love doing.”

James: “Putting a smile on people’s faces! And the fact that juniors get just as much say and input as Creative Directors.”

Chloe: “I’m lucky that I get to work with all sorts of very talented people. I am always learning and they inspire me to do great work together.”

Cristina: “The people. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is really nice.”

Charlotte: “We’re all friends here. Every agency says it, but we ACTUALLY ARE a family.”

If Design Bridge sounds like your kind of a family then we’d love to hear from you! You can see all of our latest career opportunities here, but feel free to get in touch if there isn’t a suitable role advertised – we always want to hear from smart, talented, friendly people. You can find our contact details here.

by Anna Stanford

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