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Big brands fight while small ones change the game: The Drum Design Awards finalists revealed


By Dani Gibson, Senior Writer

April 17, 2019 | 5 min read

The Drum Design Awards 2019 nominees have been decided by a panel of industry experts and we can now reveal who has made the shortlist.

Drum design 2019 nominees

Nominees revealed for The Drum Design Awards 2019

According to Bow and Arrows' creative partner and founder and member of the judging panel, Natasha Chetiyawardana, there was a real difference in how the big brands play against the own brand and smaller start ups.

She said: "You could see how big brands are really having to fight, how they were really going bigger, pushing on their equity and making something of it. From that, you could also see how smaller brands are really changing the game."

Below are some of the many finalists and their creative design work.

Art Direction

A selection of finalists for Art Direction: NB Studio for Anna, The Works for Niveda and Foundry and NB Studio for Journeysmiths Chivas Regal


A selection of the nominees for Brand Identity: Red Bee for Universal, Taxi Studio for Carlsberg, NB Studio for Journeysmiths and This Works for Niveda and Foundry.

Experiential Design

A selection of the final shortlist for Experiential Design: Clear, PizzaExpress and Fusion By Design Ltd, HRG (UK) for Proximo Spirits UK, NB Studio for Better Bankside and Scarinish Studio for William Grant and Sons.


A selection of the Illustration finalists: Williams Murray Hamm for 21 Sid, Music for The Christie, Design Bridge for Fortnum & Mason and SquarePixel Films, Saatchi & Saatchi Dubai for National Geographic.

Mobile/App Design

A selected few of the Mobile/App Design nominees: Centrica Hive, Starling Bank and Verizon Media, MediaCom, UNIT9 for Shell.

Moving Imagery Design

Selected nominees of Moving Imagery Design: Bottletop for Art Docs, Superunion for BBC Two, Works for Fiba and Strawberry Frog for Sun Trust.

Packaging Design 3D

Some of the Packaging Design 3D finalists: Denomination for Larry Cherubino, Midday for Metis, NB Studio for Petit Pli and Superunion for TRT China.

Packaging Design Graphic

A selection of the Packaging Design Graphic nominees: Glaswegin Distilling Co Ltd; 
Turner Duckworth, London, San Francisco & New York for Tick Tock Teas; Together Design for The Wolseley and Bloom London for Diageo.

Poster Design

A selection of the Poster Design finalists: Interbrand for Ericsson, Superunion for London Symphony Orchestra, Oliver for The Guardian and Williams Murray Hamm.

Print Design

Finalists of the Print Design category: Oliver for Lyon Yoga, Absolute for NB Colour Print, Studio Sutherl& and Thompson Brand Partners for Font Smith.

Retail/Pop-Up Retail Design

A selection of the Retail/Pop-Up Retail Design nominees: HRG (UK) for William Grant and Sons, Notonthehighstreet, ROAR Creativity for Leeds United Football Club and Dalziel and Pow for

Self-Promotion Design

Some of the Self-Promotion Design nominees: Together Design for Perfectly Put Together; Turner Duckworth, London, San Francisco and New York; Baxter and Bailey and Music. 


A selection of the shortlisted for Typography: Greenspace for Apt, Thompson Brand Partners for Fontsmith and SomeOne for Wolves.

Website Design

Finalists for Website Design: Somo Global for Audi UK, Plug and Play for Minale and Mann, McKinney for Corian Design and Stein IAS for Trelleborg Marine and Infrastructure.

Writing for Design

Writing for Design nominees: 26 Characters Ltd and IWM Imperial War Museums; SomeOne for Natural History Museum and UKTV for Dave. 

You can find a full list of the nominees here. Tables can now be purchased for the awards ceremony on June 5 at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Sponsors of these awards are Winmo

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