D&AD President Mark Bonner aims for crossover appeal

26 Sep,2014

By A Correspondent


D&AD President Mark Bonner and CEO Tim Lindsay

New D&AD President Mark Bonner has pledged to celebrate the new breed of 21st century creatives as he begins his term, intending to commemorate the profession’s heritage, champion its present and safeguard its future.


Mark Bonner is a true D&AD success story, having begun his career with a D&AD New Blood Yellow Pencil, earned as a Kingston University student in 1991. Alongside fellow designers Jason Gregory and Peter Hale, whom he met at the Royal College of Art, Mark co-founded GBH in 1999. With four Yellow Pencils to its name, GBH has since consistently ranked as one of the UK’s top creative design agencies.


Now, Bonner’s career has come full-circle. After being elected as a D&AD trustee in 2011, he follows in the footsteps of design legends such as Michael Johnson, Michael Wolff and Rodney Fitch in taking the reins as President of the global not-for-profit creative association.


Mark Bonner, D&AD President and co-founder of GBH, commented, “As a designer, the Yellow Pencil has always been the ultimate aspiration… but having won some, now it’s winning a Black Pencil that keeps me awake at night. D&AD has been a big inspiration in my career, so to take on the role of President of this great association is a real honour.


“As President, I’m interested in exploring the space beyond the disciplines, the ‘white space’ in-between. Creatives have always instinctively defined themselves by a category or a skill, but we’re in an era where convergence within communications is all encompassing. Our industry is thriving thanks to a generation of creatives and clients that collide the disciplines in order to cut through. Today, the only creative discipline that really matters is excellence.”


Work Club Creative Partner Andy Sandoz has been announced as incoming Deputy President of D&AD. Serving as deputy for the next 12 months, Sandoz will take over as President in September 2015. In addition, there are seven new creatives elected to sit on the D&AD Board of Trustees, which are: Rosie Bardales, Executive Creative Director and Partner, BETC London, Harriet Devoy, Creative Director of Design, Marketing Communications, Apple EMEA, Thomas Fitzmaurice, Junior Designer, Interbrand [New Blood Trustee], Dan Germain, Global Head of Brand and Creative, Innocent, Andrew Lawrence, Creative Director, Elmwood, Nils Leonard, Chief Creative Officer, Grey London and Steve Vranakis, Executive Creative Director, Google Creative Lab


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