Computer Arts November 2016 Issue 259

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The results of an extensive survey of almost 80 creative directors from across the country, this year's top 30 is revealed in our latest issue, complete with collectable scratch-off cover by London-based duo Sawdust. Other such lists judge the calibre of agencies based on factors such as awards won, ignoring talented outfits that don’t enter them, as well as all manner of other factors that make a studio an inspiration to the rest of the industry. As well as some dramatic risers and fallers, it’s encouraging to see a fresh bunch of new entries this year, including small, recently-established outfits that are clearly already punching above their weight. 

Topping 2016’s list is North, also a double trophy winner at our Brand Impact Awards this year – and to tie the two together, partner Stephen Gilmore shares his insights into the branding process in our Insight section. Over and above our main rankings, we also asked our panel to pick out studios making waves outside London that deserved a special mention, and the strength and diversity of this list should bode well for the future. 

Our ISTD typography skills series concludes this issue, with a guide to mastering the grid - and next month, ISTD will pass the baton to D&AD New Blood as we kick off a brand-new series dedicated to career skills for young designers.