And now it's time for annual review of the D&AD Annual.
This year's book has been design by Peter Saville. Or rather, art directed by Peter Saville and designed by Luke Sanders (who I think works for WMH).
Looks great - difficult to use.
These little info graphics are particularly gorgeous.
Each section is covered by an extended page that's on slightly thicker stock and folds in to wrap around a section.
Neat idea you might think? Certainly looks cool from the outside. But when you're reading the book and you move on to another section it does this.
Which is annoying. I'm sure the pages will soften over time and it's not so annoying it would stop you reading the book. But still, it's a book in a book format that didn't really need messing around with. Seeing that those section dividers add very little I don't see the point of them. Like I said, annoying and classic Saville.
The rest of the book follows the standard design we've grown used to.There's some great work inside, but there's very little stuff that stands out. Actually I remember very little of the work when flicking through the book. That has nothing to do with Saville, or D&AD or the judges, that's a quiet year.
The book is well worth having though. It's a fascinating record of the year's work. And the standard is very high, as always. At the moment the only way to get the Peter Saville designed version is to sign up as a member. You should do that. You can do that here.
If you don't fancy membership you will soon be able to buy the same book, designed by Jeremy Leslie and printed by Taschen for about £30. That's a very good idea and a very good deal and I'm sure it won't have silly section dividers either. We'll announce that when it gets released.
I've picked out some stuff that caught my eye below. It's very hard to credit everyone involved, so I haven't. Apologies for that. Seriously, it's hard to credit everyone on a blog and yet I ought to really. Sorry.
See also: 2006 Annual, 2007 Annual, 2008 Annual (n/a).