British Design and Art Direction (D&AD) is about to announce the nominations for its 2000 awards, and Apple Computer has been nominated three times in two categories.

Nominations will be posted on the D&AD Web site on Wednesday, May 17.

Apple’s iBook has been nominated in the Product Design for the Home category, and Apple’s Power Mac G4 and Cinema display have both been nominated in the Product Design for Work category.

Founded in 1962, D&AD is a professional association and charity representing the UK’s design and advertising communities. It aims to establish creative standards, educate and inspire the next generation of creative artists and designers, and to promote the importance of good design. The group also publishes Creative Review.

This year’s annual awards, affectionately known as the ‘Yellow Pencils’, attracted a record 17,823 entries in 21 categories. These were whittled down to 103 nominations by D&AD’s 250-strong judging panel.

D&AD’s chief executive, David Kester says: "2000 is proving to be a very strong year for the awards, entries are higher than ever before, and the number of nominations has also risen, from 91 in 1999 to 103 this year."

The 2000 D&AD awards ceremony and presentation will be at London’s Olympia, Kensington on May 24.