New Designers launches digital initiatives

By Elspeth Pridham
June 18, 2020

New Designers, the UK’s largest design graduate show, celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2020 with the launch of digital initiatives. In lieu of a physical showcase, the event will aim to promote and celebrate the work of the graduate class of 2020.
ND Selects
From the start of June, New Designers is running ND Selects, a social media campaign with the goal of offering visibility and recognition to the students’ final projects. Each day, New Designers will publish a post about different students, highlighting their final piece, alongside their processes and influences. This year has seen a surge in final projects that respond directly to environmental and social issues. From gaming to textile print design, the class of 2020 has offered creative design solutions for contemporary storage, diagnosing dyslexia and reconnecting children with nature.
The ND Awards
On 1 July 2020, New Designers will announce a series of design briefs tailored by discipline that have been developed in conjunction with the awards partners, including Liberty London, The Conran Shop and Pentagram. Participating students will have six weeks to create a response to their chosen brief, which will then be submitted and reviewed by a panel of expert judges for the chance to win different prizes and opportunities to boost their transition into the creative industries. The winner of each award and the shortlist of five runners up will also be featured in a specially curated digital supplement hosted on the New Designers website.
ND Connects & ND Educates New Designers has also announced two comprehensive programmes of workshops and talks in collaboration with industry partners (including Creative Conscience, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, The Goldsmith’s Centre and Knowledge Transfer Network) to support students in the next chapter of their professional development. From portfolio feedback to live chats with experts, ND Connects and ND Educates will be available on the New Designers website and Instagram channel between 1 – 11 July 2020