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D&AD has added two more headliners – design supremo Sir Paul Smith and President Obama’s design CD Ashleigh Axios – to this year’s speaker line-up, “making a fantastic top five”.

One of Britain’s foremost designers Paul Smith is renowned for his creative spirit, which combines tradition and modernity. He owns famous clothing and accessories collections, and specialises in an inventive use of traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge design to create beautifully made, desirable,

“Paul Smith is a tastemaker,” says the D&AD blurb. “he is a leader of British and international design trends. With an enthusiasm for eclectic cultural references and idiosyncratic combinations of pattern and colour, applied with understatement, Paul Smith expresses a truly contemporary aesthetic.”

Taking the stage on the Friday afternoon (22 April), he will be imparting wisdom gained from over 40 years in the fashion and design industry.

Ashley Axios leads and manages design for the White House and WhiteHouse.gov from within the Office of Digital Strategy. She is also a key part of the White House product team, pushing the White House web platforms to the next level.

The D&AD blurbcontinues: “Get a seldom-shared, behind-the-scenes look at how innovative design is happening in-house at the White House. Ashleigh will show-and-tell how her small design team transforms daunting challenges into successful digital campaigns.

Smith and Axios will be joining Annie Atkins, Sir Martin Sorrell and Ralph Steadman as headliners at the first ever D&AD Festival.

More about D&AD Festival
With four stages for talks and panel discussions, over 150 speakers from the world of design and advertising, sensory installations, fringe events, food stalls, photography exhibitions, film screenings, workshops and a few parties, it will be the ticket to the most exciting event in town.

Especially curated for creative professionals, the Festival runs at the Old Truman Brewery in London from the 20-22 April. A three-day ticket will cost £185 (£NZ391) and will enable an all-access pass to all main and fringe events. An edited version of the festival will run on the Saturday and Sunday, with free entry to the general public and a family-friendly series of events, making D&AD Festival the most inclusive award experience around.

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