The Majors in association with The Drum winners: Airbnb & DesignStudio win top brand and agency awards

Major Players' inaugural awards took place last night with Airbnb and the firm behind its rebrand, DesignStudio, scooping the top brand and agency accolades.

The Majors, held in association with The Drum, saw Airbnb chosen by the public as Major Brand and DesignStudio land the Major Agency prize. DesignStudio has also previously won two Cannes Lions awards for its work on the high-profile rebrand.

Allison Upton, marketing director at Major Players, said: “There are rafts of awards for businesses, but few that recognise the talents of the individual. We were keen to create something that supports and highlights the people behind the scenes that have played a demonstrable role in creating a great campaign or piece of work.

"It’s a great way for us to spot and recognise new upcoming talent and there are great examples of outstanding work within the finalists and winners.”


Major Marketer - Marcus Ray

Major Designer - Mikey Carr

Major Creative - Adrian Finzelberg

Major Freelancer - Matthew Serge Guy

Major PR - Sue Skeats

Major Brand - Airbnb

Major Agency – DesignStudio


Laura Bambach, Mr President, SheSays

James Hilton, AtelierStrange/ex AKQA

Katie Morrison, Facebook

Louise Hodges, Travelzoo

Peter Cross, John Lewis

Andy Mihalop, Google

Laura Richardson, Lead curator, The Dots

Anup Sharma-Yun, Design Director

Greg Quinton, The Partners