At its 50th anniversary celebrations last night, D&AD honored Wieden + Kennedy co-founder Dan Wieden.
Each year the reigning president of D&AD bestows a President's Award on someone who, in their opinion, has made a major contribution to the creative world. At D&AD's 50th birthday celebrations last night, current president Rosie Arnold gave that honour to Wieden + Kennedy co-founder Dan Wieden.
“Dan Wieden is one of the most inspirational advertising brains of our age,” Arnold says. “His spirit remains restless and free, and he continues to champion independent thinking and behavior. His work and that of his now numerous agencies lead the way across all disciplines. I've lost count of how many times I've seen a piece of work that has surprised and delighted me, and made me run up and down the corridors at work showing it to other creatives, only to discover it came from Wieden+ Kennedy. So when I asked myself if I should give Dan my President's Award, I told myself, ‘Just Do It'.”
Past recipients include Sir Alan Parker, Jonathan Ive, Spike Jonze and Sir John Hegarty.