NEWS: Outspoken critic of D&AD enters ballot to join ruling body

Richard Phillips, the scourge of D&AD, has been nominated to join the industry body’s executive committee.

Richard Phillips, the scourge of D&AD, has been nominated to join the

industry body’s executive committee.



Phillips set out his opposition to the attitudes of D&AD in a hard-

hitting Campaign article, ‘The Tyranny of Adland’s Thought Police’ (26

July).



The nomination, sponsored by Paul Weinberger, the creative director of

Lowe-Howard Spink, and Rod Waskett, a director at BFCS, came as a

surprise to Phillips. He commented: ‘I was reluctant when Rod approached

me; then I thought, if I want to criticise, it seems only fair to try to

criticise from within.’



Phillips’ nomination will go forward to a ballot on 26 September.

Typically forthright, it reads: ‘I think D&AD is completely up its own

arse. It’s obsessed with style and fad. This wouldn’t matter if D&AD

didn’t have so much influence on the business, but it does. Therefore I

would be pressing for much more emphasis to be put on the importance of

the idea and less on superficial rhubarb.’



Waskett said: ‘We nominated Richard because much of what he had to say

in the Campaign feature was valid. And there’s also an element of

putting the cat among the pigeons.’



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