Agency of the Year 2018: Design and AOY

How this year's winners are finding new ways of working with clients to tackle industry challenges.

This week, strategy is rolling out profiles of the agencies who took home top honours at the 2018 Agency of the Year awards.

Today, we are looking at the final round of winners in Design Agency of the Year and the main Agency of the Year categories.

In Design, agencies are taking the classic principles of the discipline and adapting them to ongoing industry trends and using them to address modern client challenges. In Agency of the Year, the top shops are looking at new ways to provide value outside of traditional advertising and become more holistic partners for their clients.

See the full list of winners from last week’s show and click the links below to read about what propelled this year’s winning agencies to the top of their category. You can also check out the profiles of the Media Agency of the Year and PR Agency of the Year winners.

And make sure to check back this afternoon when strategy reveals the Digital AOY winner profiles in the Tech newsletter.

Design Agency of the Year

Gold: Zulu Alpha Kilo’s big design ideas
Silver (tie): Lg2 explores data-driven design
Silver (tie): Cossette VS. everyone
Bronze: John St. bundles up

Design Campaign of the Year:

Bulletproof Flag
Agency: Sid Lee
Client: Black Lives Matter

Agency of the Year

Gold: Cossette VS. everyone
Silver: John St. bundles up
Bronze: Zulu Alpha Kilo’s big design ideas

AOY Campaign of the Year:

Agency: John St.
Client: No Frills (Loblaw)