The Drum's inaugural Designerati published as Dan Germain named 'Designer of the Year'

The results of The Drum's Designerati – a new platform that ranks the UK's top designers – were announced in London last night at The Drum Design Awards.

The Designerati book profiles each of the designers – over 100 – summarising their careers and featuring their thoughts on the challenges and inspirations of working in design.

The list of design's elite was curated by ex-Design Week editor, Lynda Relph-Knight, and the rankings are the result of an online poll subject to thousands of public votes.

Dan Germain, group head of brand and creative at Innocent, collected the coveted Designer of the Year award after taking the number one position in the Designerati.

Germain's Designerati profile summarises his career, which began without formal training as a designer, and includes his answers to questions such as 'What’s been the biggest challenge in your career?, and "What would be your ultimate design project?".

The Designerati lists over 100 of the most innovative and talented UK designers working in industries including technology, interiors, fashion and retail.

In second place is Sir Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of design at Apple. The lauded London-born designer claims the runner-up position just ahead of taking on taking on full responsibility of the teams that design Apple's iOS software.

In third place is graphic street artist, Ben Eine, who began his career as prolific graffiti tagger in the days before street art was recognised as an art form.

Also ranking in the top 10 are designers Gerardine Hemingway (MBE) and Wayne Hemingway (MBE); founder and creative partner at The One Off, Lee Draycott; fashion designer Paul Smith; stage designer Es Devlin; product designer Sir James Dyson; head of graphic design at Waitrose, Maggie Hodgetts; and chairman and chief creative officer at Fitch, Tim Greenhalgh.

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