For the past 25 years graduate design students have been displaying their work at the New Designers show. The event attracts a great deal of attention as it showcases new design talent all under one roof.
In 2010, 3,500 graduates from 200 design courses across the UK exhibited. The show is split into two parts. The first week (29 June to 2 July) is dedicated to textiles, fashion, contemporary applied arts, ceramics, jewellery and precious metalwork, whilst the second week (6 to 9 July) focuses on product design, furniture design, visual communications and spatial design.
Many university course tutors and lecturers deem New Designers a vital showcase for their students and so keep coming back year after year. “It is important for us to exhibit at New Designers. It provides students with an opportunity for peer review and to meet their contemporaries,” says Graham Hill, course leader of BA (Hons) Product Design a the University of Central Lancashire.
Similarly, Pete Thomas, a lecturer in Product Design at the University of Dundee, says: “Although our degree show in Dundee is a major event it makes sense for us to have a platform down in London. Our students often win awards, gain employment and meet great people at the event.”
New Designers also features ‘One Year On’, a pre-selected group of 50 designers in the first year of setting up their business. There is also an extensive talks programme throughout the event where industry professionals, including Sky Creative and the Design Museum, share insights and give advice.
So, if you are looking for inspiration and want to keep up to speed with the latest trends and ideas that our young creative talent is coming up with or even if you are on the look out for a new recruit, a trip to New Designers will be well worth it.
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The 2011 New Designers preview