Michael Johnson to follow Peter Souter as D&AD president

LONDON - The designer Michael Johnson is to be the next president of the D&AD, heralding an effort to overcome the indifference of many young designers toward it.

Johnson, who takes over from Peter Souter, the Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO creative chief, at the end of the year, wants designers to get more directly involved in D&AD's activities.

A large proportion of young designers have tended to snub the D&AD, which they regard as being dominated by the advertising community.

"Michael's big task will be to get young designers more involved in what the D&AD is trying to do," Souter said.

Johnson, a founding partner of Johnson Banks, is the winner of four D&AD Pencils and has been involved in the preparation of the programme to celebrate the D&AD's 40th birthday this year.

He was briefly in advertising, having worked as an art director alongside Dave Droga, now the Saatchi & Saatchi executive creative director, at Omon, a small Sydney agency, 11 years ago.

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