D&AD celebrates the best in advertising and design each year with the D&AD Awards. All the winning entries are then published in the D&AD Annual. Each year a different designer or design team is asked to create a cover for the Annual. My friend and colleague David Pearson was commissioned to create the 2015 cover, and he asked me, along with our friend Paul Finn, to collaborate with him on the designs.
The D&AD Awards come in the form of oversized pencils (below), and two new ones were introduced in 2015: the Wood and Graphite Pencils. With their introduction, it felt like the right time to put them all front and centre on the cover.