I’ve always been a fan of what the D&AD have pushed out in terms of work. They’ve been able to elevate work that typically get’s lost within the American Design Press and Organizations here. With that being what it is, I couldn’t help but look at the latest http://newblood.dandad.org/ push as a bit old. The guy or girl that’s a design star is an old concept that lost its meaning a while ago. I just can’t help but wonder is this nothing more then some huge ego stroke? Is this the best that a designer can aspire to? Some photo series taken by an up and coming photographer (Nadav Kander, he shot the 2009 Inauguration Gallery, and how nice is it that we get a behind the scenes photo too?) that advertises themselves to a walled industry? Actually it probably reflects a perfect ending to design and advertising as we knew it. You should read the comments on the Creative Review blog—I’m glad I’m not the only person that thinks these posters are tired. Unfortunately what does get lost with the campaign is that the site that shows their members is a good start to finding graduate work—it’s just too bad that there wasn’t a progressive way to get out the message aside from ego and inward looking.