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UK’s design graduates show off their talents
Jun 20, 2013

Over the course of two weeks, 3,000 of the most talented new design graduates from the UK's leading universities will come together to showcase the future of design and creativity at the 28th edition of New Designers.
Taking place in two parts over two weeks, the show highlights everything from textile and fashion design to furniture and product design. It includes eight distinct design zones, two awards events, as well as a “One Year On” exhibit featuring design entrepreneurs in their first year of business.

Video highlights from New Designers 2012
"One Year On is a brilliant reflection of the trends we’re seeing for 2014 and is a must for retailers and shoppers alike,” said Joanna Feeley, Director of Trend Bible. “In 2014, there will be a focus on bold exaggerated shapes, as seen in Grace Hamilton’s oversized chunky necklaces. We’re also seeing a trend for products that have a tactile quality and contrast natural with synthetic, such as Ben Esthop's wood and acrylic bowls and Leigh Cameron's furniture which blends wood with concrete."
Curated by designer Jethro Macey, One Year On brings together products that are tipped to be the iconic designs of the future. The designers are chosen to take part on the strength of their entrepreneurial flair and the exceptional quality of their work.

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This year’s line-up includes everything from taxidermy-inspired ceramics and interior products featuring beautiful insect silhouettes, to unisex brooches based on Mexican Calvary insignia and hand spun yarn from a collective of spinners. For a list of exhibitiors, click here.

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The show also includes various discussions including topics on how to start up your business, how to approach the press, joining a company vs. freelancing and much more. The complete schedule of talks can be viewed here.
Participating students meet industry employers, buyers, the media, trend predictors and the design hungry public—who make up the over 16,000 visitors of New Designers each year. Last year, over 80% of exhibiting universities said their graduates received offers of work, placements, sales or commissions as a result of exhibiting.
Attendees can either buy a day ticket for any one-day or a 2-week pass, which will allow unlimited entry across the two weeks. The schedule is as followed:
New Designers Part 1 runs from Wednesday, June 26 through Saturday, June 19 and includes the following disciplines: Textiles, Fashion and Accessories, Contemporary Applied Arts including Ceramics and Glass, Jewelry and Precious Metalwork.
New Designers Part 2 runs from Wednesday, July 3 through Saturday, July 6 and includes the following disciplines: Furniture and Product Design including Industrial Design, Visual Communications including Graphic Design and Illustration, and Spatial Design including Architecture and Interior Design.

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