New Designers 2014 announces talks, tours and events programme

New Designers 2014 announces an extensive programme of talks, tours and events for the 29th edition of the show. The events programme has something for everyone who wants to keep up with the latest design trends, whether they just have an interest in design, are looking to start a business, or already work in the industry.

Taking place over two Parts, New Designers offers the chance to see and buy work from over 3,000 emerging designers from a host of creative disciplines. The talks and events programme allows visitors to explore the design world through industry leaders and experts who will give talks and tours around the show, with contributors such as Global Color Research, John Lewis, Procter & Gamble, The Design Trust, Cockpit Arts, Design Council, Design Museum, Tigerprint and Jaguar Land Rover.

Highlights include:

  • Special Preview Evenings: jewellery designer Alex Monroe opens Part 1 on Wednesday 25 June, and renowned champion of the creative industries Sir John Sorrell, opens Part 2 on Wednesday 2 July. Their speeches will be followed by the prestigious, industry-supported New Designers Awards, which are presented to the most innovative graduates.
  • Thursday Lates: New Designers stays open until 8pm with a programme of talks, tours and special events. During Part 1, on Thursday 26 June, Absolut hosts a guest industry panel, including designer Ben Chatfield and curator Catherine Ince, discussing Transformation and Design. Part 2, on Thursday 3 July, sees a special evening curated by the Design Council. The all-star judging panel, including Sebastian Bergne and Morag Myerscough, will talk about what makes a Future Pioneer, as they announce this year’s winners.
  • Thursday 26 June: a ‘Start-up day’ run by The Design Trust for those who want to start and maintain a successful design or craft business. Topics will be covered by professional advisers such as Doug Richard (ex Dragon’s Den and Founder of the School for Creative Startups), Barbara Chandler, design journalist for the London Evening Standard, who will interview Jason Wilary-Attew, Head of Buying for John Lewis and Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine. Organisations participating in the ‘Start-up Day’ include Arts Thread, Etsy, Supadupa, Ideas Tap and successful Kickstarter project Vanilla Ink.
  • Friday 27 June: Making It 20/20. Five designer-makers, based at award winning creative incubator Cockpit Arts, share their ‘20 things I wish I knew when I was 20’, using Pecha Kucha style presentations. Speakers include Ellen O’Hara, Helen Johannessen, Kethi Copeland and Lorna Syson.
  • Thursday Lates Tours: an opportunity for visitors to meet the winners of this year’s New Designers Awards at tours led by the National Art&Design Saturday Club and to find out what April Williams, Retail Buyer at the Design Museum, looks for when stocking one of the world’s most successful museum shops.
  • Friday 4 July includes sessions in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE). Designer-makers Harry Dwyer and Paul Firbank reveal how they turned waste from a salvaged Airbus 320 aircraft into products for Channel 4’s Kevin McCloud. Lizete Druka, project designer, Advanced Colour & Materials at Jaguar Land Rover and Maria Kafel-Bentkowska, senior colour & materials designer at Priestman Goode discuss the role of materials in design.

All the following talks and tours are free to attend with a valid New Designers ticket. Spaces are limited, so it is recommended to book places in advance to avoid disappointment. Further information can be found on the following page: www.newdesigners.com/talks

Tickets for New Designers 2014 are on sale from www.newdesigners.com

Full events listings information:

New Designers Part 1: 25 – 28 June

  • Textiles, Fashion & Accessories, Contemporary Applied Arts (including Ceramics & Glass), Jewellery & Precious Metalwork, One Year On

THURSDAY 26 June 2014

The Design Trust Start Up Day
10.30am-4.30pm
Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust, hosts an insightful day of talks, discussions and interviews, intended to help young designers start and maintain a successful creative business. Sessions and contributors include:

  • Selling to the High Street – Barbara Chandler, design journalist for the London Evening Standard, interviews Jason Wilary-Attew, Head of Buying for John Lewis.
  • How to Get into the Press – Patricia van den Akker interviews Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine.
  • Online Marketing & Selling – panel discussion with Arts Thread, Etsy, Supadupa, Yeshen Venema and Seek & Adore.
  • Business Advice, Training & Opportunities – the organisations that exist to help designers. Discussion with The Artists’ Information Company (Previously AN), Design Factory, Red Lemon Club, The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design and more.
  • Finding a Studio Space and Specialist Support such as Bishopsland, Craft Central, Cockpit Arts, Space Studios, Vanilla Ink, Yorkshire Art Space.
  • Finance & Funding Organisations – panel discussion with Doug Richard (ex Dragon’s Den and Founder of the School for Creative Startups), Ideas Tap, Rhodes & Rhodes and successful Kickstarter project Vanilla Ink.
  • Intellectual Property – with ACID, Briffa and Creative Barcode.
  • Photography: Developing a Critical Eye – talk from Susannah Bradley, Etsy

For exact timings of sessions and further details of speakers please visit the following page: http://www.newdesigners.com/startupday

THURSDAY LATE 26 June 2014


Absolut Art Talk: How do Great Designers Transform the Ordinary into the Extraordinary?

5.30pm–8pm
An invited guest industry panel, including designer Ben Chatfield and curator Catherine Ince, looks at Transformation and Design, discussing ways in which designers transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Ben Chatfield is Creative Director of Graphic Design agency Bravo Charlie Mike Hotel, noted for their branding work for D&AD, Tate Galleries and Design Junction amongst others. Catherine Ince is a Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery and co-curator of the London presentation of ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’.

Tour: Meet this Year’s New Designers Award Winners
6pm-6.45pm
This year over 20 industry supported Awards are presented to the most talented graduates at New Designers 2014. This tour, led by the National Art&Design Saturday club, provides an opportunity to discover this year’s winning designs and to meet some of the Part 1 winners in person.

Tour: Design Museum Buyer’s Tour
6.15pm-7pm
April Williams, Retail Buyer at the Design Museum, leads a walking tour discussing what she looks for when stocking one of the world’s most successful museum shops.

FRIDAY 27 June 2014

Talk: How Can You Protect Your Copyright & Designs?
11am-11.45am
The Intellectual Property Office presents how patents, trademarks, designs and copyright can prove an asset to a designer’s business.

Talk: Colour & Material Trends for Spring Summer 2015 by Hannah Malein, Global Color Research
12pm-12.45pm
Global Color Research™, the colour consultancy company behind Mix magazine, presents an inspirational seminar profiling four key colour stories for 2015; Glade, Aura, Merge and Belong. Based on the forecast book Mix Trends, Hannah Malein, Color Trend Consultant Manager, explores how these trends inform colour choices, inspire design concepts and influence material and surface applications.

Talk: John Lewis – Designing for the Real World
1pm-1.45pm
Textile design has a rich heritage at John Lewis. A mix of in-house design and exciting collaborations with established and emerging design talent has led John Lewis to have one of the most interesting and diverse textile collections in the UK. Caroline Johnston, Senior Designer for John Lewis gives an insight into the Design Studio from sketch to store.

Talk: Making It – 20/20
2pm-2.45pm
Five designer-makers, based at award winning creative incubator Cockpit Arts, share their story, the journey so far and the top tips they have picked up along the way. Told using Pecha Kucha style presentations, each maker will show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, illuminating ‘20 things I wish I knew when I was 20’. Speakers include Ellen O’Hara, Helen Johannessen, Kethi Copeland and Lorna Syson.

Talk: Life in The Hallmark Studio
3pm-3.45pm
The Hallmark Studio is full of creative people who specialise in textiles, surface pattern, web, 3D design, illustration, animation, writing, photography, typography and more. Head of Ideation Kelly Jones discusses what the Hallmark Studio do, how they do it and the exciting career opportunities available.

SATURDAY 28 June 2014

Workshop: Creative Saturdays
Drop-in family activities in partnership with the National Art&Design Saturday Club
10am-1pm
An opportunity to discover and experiment with design and making, for children aged 5-10 and 11-16. At this session, designer Peter Marigold explores making fun objects with new smart material Polymorph. Peter Marigold is a designer and maker of objects. After completing the M.A. Design Products course at the RCA he established his studio concentrating on a wide variety of objects including furniture, products and interiors. Session supported by Polymorph.

Talk: Nurturing the Next Creative Generation
1.30pm-2.15pm
The National Art & Design Saturday Club gives young people aged 14-16 the unique opportunity to study art and design every Saturday morning at their local college or university for free. Now in its fifth year, the Saturday Club is running in 33 colleges and universities across the UK, many of which are exhibiting at New Designers. At this talk a panel of tutors, students and professionals discuss the impact the Club has had on young people’s skills and aspirations; opportunities for tutors and students and how the Saturday Club helps with recruitment.

Talk: Looking Ahead; 2nd Year Talk – Planning for New Designers 2015
2.30pm-3.15pm
An opportunity for second year students, course leaders and tutors to come together and learn more about the value of exhibiting at New Designers.

Talk: Marketing Yourself digitally
3.30pm-4.15pm
Alex Brownless, Co-founder of Arts Thread, the online creative graduate networking site, uses his creative industries experience to explain the importance of marketing yourself digitally. How to market yourself on a tiny or zero budget, the value of social media and what elements are critical to maximising your success.

New Designers Part 2: 02 – 05 July
Visual Communications (including Graphic Design & Illustration), Furniture & Product Design (including Spatial & Industrial Design), Motion Arts & Theatre Design, One Year On

New Designers Screening Room and People’s Vote
Throughout Part 2, Motion Arts & Theatre Design Zone
This year sees the launch of a new Screening Room at New Designers Part 2, featuring selected shorts from exhibiting graduates across moving image, animation, film and gaming. Visitors are able to cast a vote for their personal favourite, with the most popular winning the inaugural New Designers Screening Prize People’s Vote. The winner will be announced on Saturday 5 July at the show.

THURSDAY 03 July 2014

Talk: Illustrators’ Agents, The Lowdown
10.30am-11.15am
Led by Victoria Pearce, Senior Agent at Illustration Ltd, this session covers the benefits of right agent representation and how to positively manage a new formed relationship with an agent.

Talk: How to be a Successful Illustrator and Get Ahead
11.30am-12.15pm
Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, Founder of Bright Group International takes a look at how to develop the right attitude and approach to work in order to become a successful illustrator.

Talk: John Lewis – Designing for the Real World
12.30pm-1.15pm
A mix of in-house design and exciting collaborations with established and emerging design talent has led John Lewis to have one of the most interesting and diverse furniture collections in the UK. Charlie Fowler, John Lewis’ furniture designer, shares what goes into developing furniture from sketch to store. Joining him, Oliver Hrubiak, the 2012 New Designers John Lewis Award Winner, discusses his experience of taking his winning design from university project to John Lewis’ Design Collective in less than a year.

Talk: Procter & Gamble – Welcome to the Table
1.30pm-2.15pm
Procter & Gamble seeks to attract the very best future leaders by offering the opportunity to build inspiring careers working on some of the world’s most recognised brands. Duncan Paul, Associate Design Director, Procter & Gamble, discusses the company’s journey of building design into its DNA and the important lessons he learnt on what it takes to be a strategic business thinker while maintaining a unique point of view on Design.

Talk: Design Plus – Business Know-How, in partnership with Design Council
2.30pm-3.15pm
Industry insiders, including boutique agency Phage and intellectual property whizz Keith Arrowsmith, who have already had to get to grips with the challenges of tender processes, project management, and intellectual property, discuss how to combine talent, hard work, and a good head for business.

Talk: Design Plus – Unexpected Fusions, in partnership with Design Council
3.30pm-4.15pm
Speakers Adrian Westaway, the man behind the Design of the Year shortlisted Lego Calendar, and Jim Byford, Researcher in Residence for FuseBox, Brighton’s digital start-up incubator, discuss the unexpected and delightful design fusions with other disciplines like technology.

THURSDAY LATE 03 July 2014

Design Council Future Pioneers Celebration
6pm-8pm
Launched collaboratively with the Design Council, the initiative ‘Future Pioneers discovered at New Designers’ returns this year to the show with great anticipation. Design Council and an invited industry panel select the graduates that they feel have a vision for the future and demonstrate the qualities of a Future Pioneer: Principled, Passionate and Purposeful. To celebrate the winners’ announcements drinks and sweet treats will be provided by the Meringue Girls and designer-by-day/DJ-by-night Fred Butler will play music as visitors enjoy some photo-booth fun.

Tour: Meet this Year’s New Designers Award Winners
6pm-6.45pm
This year over 20 industry supported Awards are presented to the most talented graduates at New Designers 2014. This tour led by the National Art&Design Saturday club provides an opportunity to discover this year’s winning designs and to meet some of the Part 2 winners in person.

Tour: Design Museum Buyer’s Tour
6.15pm-7pm
April Williams, Retail Buyer at the Design Museum, leads a walking tour of the show discussing what she looks for when stocking one of the world’s most successful museum shops.

FRIDAY 04 July 2014

Friday’s talks start with three insightful sessions in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE).

The Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) encourages awareness, exchange of knowledge and collaboration between designers and materials technologists. MaDE is part of the (UK) Knowledge Transfer Network materials community, supported by government.

Talk: The Story of Kevin’s Supersized Salvage
11am-11.45am
Designer-makers Harry Dwyer and Paul Firbank reveal how they turned waste materials from a salvaged Airbus 320 aircraft into amazing products for Channel 4’s Kevin McCloud. Chaired by Beatrice Rogers, Head of Design and Design SIG Lead, the Knowledge Transfer Network. Clips from ‘Kevin’s Supersized Salvage’ shown by kind permission of Arrow Media.

Talk: What’s New in Materials for Design?
12pm-12.45am
An expert panel of smart materials, composites, polymers, plastic electronics and textiles specialists discuss what’s on the materials horizon for designers. With Sally Beken, Ajay Kapadia, Brian McCarthy, Steve Morris and Nigel Rix of the Knowledge Transfer Network. Chaired by Alexandre Bau of Norwegian design agency Ralston & Bau and InnoMatNet – the EU-wide materials & design project.

Talk: Materials of Choice
1pm-1.45pm
Lizete Druka, project designer, Advanced Colour & Materials at Jaguar Land Rover and Maria Kafel-Bentkowska, senior colour & materials designer at Priestman Goode, lead a fascinating conversation on the role of materials in design and also discuss what employers look for when recruiting materials & design specialists. Chaired by John Bound of the Materials and Design Exchange.

Talk: Design as an Innovation Driver
2pm-2.45pm
In a globally relevant design environment, the role of design as an innovation driver in new product and service development is ever more critical. The emerging generation of designers have much to offer and will integrate with complex and varied systems and organisations. This panel discussion led by Dr Richard Barrett, Associate Head of Industrial Design at Coventry University, considers potential drivers for change in Industrial & Automotive Design. Panellists include Wendy Sammels, Jam Tree/Herman Miller, Tris Keech, designer and Brian Clough, Coventry University.

Talk: Careers in Commercial Publishing
3pm-3.45pm
Lee Keeper, London Studio Manager at Tigerprint, gives an insight into the careers he has helped launch in his twenty years in commercial publishing, focusing on the gifts, greetings and homeware industries.

Talk: How Can You Protect Your Copyright & Designs?
4pm-4.45pm
The Intellectual Property Office presents how patents, trademarks, designs and copyright can prove an asset to business.

SATURDAY 05 July 2014

Workshop: Creative Saturdays
Drop-in family activities in partnership with the National Art&Design Saturday Club
10am-1pm
An opportunity to discover and experiment with design and making, for children aged 5-10 and 11-16. At this session children can create mystery images of New Designers using prisms and digital imaging with artist Gavin Rogers. Gavin Rogers is an artist, researcher and tutor at Nottingham Trent University. His artistic practice is embedded within the fields of participatory learning, performance and image making. He has exhibited work internationally and engages in a number of educational lectures, seminars and talks.

Talk: Making your Mark – A Guide to a Confident Postgraduate Illustration Career
1.30pm-2.15pm
Matthew Shearer, Membership Manager at the Association of Illustrators, provides an essential guide to self-promotion, pricing and licensing artwork, copyright and the best way to approach potential clients.

Workshop: Looking Ahead; 2nd Year Talk – Planning for New Designers 2015
2.30pm-3.15pm
An opportunity for second year students, course leaders and tutors to come together and learn more about the value of exhibiting at New Designers.

Talk: Marketing Yourself Digitally
3.30pm-4.15pm
Alex Brownless, Co-founder of Arts Thread, the online creative graduate networking site, uses his creative industries experience to explain the importance of marketing yourself digitally. How to market yourself on a tiny or zero budget, the value of social media and what elements are critical to maximising your success.