The Drum Designerati, the top 100 individuals in design

This year sees The Drum launch its inaugural Designerati to identify the top 100 individuals to immortalise through their debut Designerati publication (#drumdesignerati).

Originally compiled through reader suggestions from the Design Census and designers who have impressed The Drum, former Design Week editor and judge at the first The Drum Design Awards Lynda Relph-Knight helped whittle it down and it went to a public vote to decide where to rank these esteemed individuals in the top 100.

Of the Designerati choices, The Drum editor, Gordon Young, said: "We've been keeping a close eye on the design industry and we're bowled over by the amount of talent in all of the various fields. Design touches everything nowadays so our list includes everyone from illustrators, creative and art directors, fashion designers, product designers, champions of the design industry and academics.

"Everyone in the Designerati deserves credit for their work and The Drum is delighted to be able to highlight this very talented group of people. It wasn't an easy task to cut down our original list of suggestions but I believe that, along with the help of Lynda, the debut Designerati really does feature the cream of the design world."

The Drum Design Awards - where the full list will be revealed and the Designer of the Year awarded - will be held on Wednesday 30 April at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, London.



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