At the 2003 D&AD (Design and Art Direction) awards last night, Apple was awarded a Silver D&AD Award (Yellow Pencil) for its iMac G4 in the Product Design category. D&AD describes its Yellow Pencils awards as "the Oscars of the creative industry".

This year was the first since 1995 when no company won the highest D&AD accolade, the Gold Award (Black Pencil). D&AD judges are under no obligation to award a Black Pencil - the organization explaining "As it rewards only work that sets a new standard in its field or breaks the mould in some way, it is always a rarity".

Last year, Apple's iPod took a much-coveted Gold Award. Apple's iBook and PowerBook G4 Titanium took Silver awards in 2002.

Apple's Xserve won a Silver nomination, but no award, in a category dominated by the Mac maker.