For the very first time we launched in 2020, ND SELECTS. A unique campaign curated by New Designers, celebrating and showcasing the final year projects from the Class of 2020.

Alongside we launched, ND SELECTS: IN FOCUS. Providing in depth insights into the works of the graduating Class of 2020; their inspiration, influences and processes. 

Hally Ahmed, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester

Hally Ahmed’s graduate collection – ‘ASKING FOR IT | for the woman who isn’t’, is all about power-dressing, empowerment and raising awareness of men’s violence against women and amplifying the voices of women.

Charlie Nunn, BA Hons Product and Furniture Design, Kingston University

Through care home visits and interviews, ideas were generated and developed to produce an adjustable chair.

Assistive chairs aim to provide stability and rest for those who struggle with activities which require standing for a length of time.

The chair is adjustable to suit a variety of users. Six slots in each leg provide the set heights, fastened with sleeve bolts.

Zara McLaughlin, BA Hons Ceramics, Jewellery & Silversmithing, Ulster University

Background noise from Zara’s home is recorded and digital technology translates sound waves into data. This data is used by the 3D printer to produce a print which is moulded and cast in ceramic.

The porcelain casts are then joined and stacked in different arrangements to represent how memories warp and shift over time. 

Evelyn Kim, MA Ceramics, Staffordshire University

Millennial mental health has become a common issue in the 21st century.

This Mindfulness collection has taken inspiration from the lotus flower leaves with its symbolic meaning of love, compassion, and rising above the suffering.

The collection allows you to feel peace, love, sanctity, and most importantly that “you are beautiful”.

Isla Cruickshank, BA Hons Silversmithing & Jewellery, Glasgow School of Art:

Isla Cruickshank’s practice encompasses a range of ideas and skills derived from her experiences as cook, host and maker. 

The collection captures an eternal life-cycle, from produce, plate, object and experience. Each piece is designed to enhance the intimate and sensory experience of enjoying a fine meal; craft precision brought into alignment with distinctive culinary knowledge.

Sam Pearce-Warrilow, BA Hons Industrial Design; Product & Transport, Staffordshire University:

Sam has always had a passion for the automotive design world from an early age, and is now looking to pursue this as a career pathway. 

The all new TVR Cynolycus reflects the sum of its predecessors, yet provides a glimpse of the future. A four-seater convertible sports car, powered by a 4-cylinder hydrogen hybrid engine for enhanced green credentials and an ultimate driving experience.

Grace Oliver, BA Hons Textile Design, Birmingham City University:

Inspired by the beauty of bleached coral reefs, the collection expresses the message that change still needs to happen, with coral bleaching still an ongoing consequence of man-made pollution.

Using the view point of a diver’s journey as inspiration, this influences the formation of clusters and ‘pathways’. Transitions in colour, and its absence in many parts, expresses the experience of discovering different levels of health within the environment.

Jua O’Kane, BA Hons Illustration, Plymouth College of Art:

Jua is a non-binary illustrator and comic artist from Northern Ireland, inspired by fashion illustration, josei manga, and technology – with a passion to tell stories that explore the line between reality and illusion. 

In Jua’s spare time they enjoy cooking and reading comics – constantly drawing or thinking about illustration.

Rachel Elinor Toye, BA Hons Textiles, Glasgow School of Art:

Articulating her love for adding colour, Rachel draws inspiration from vibrant cities, combining textures and marks from materials like concrete, metal and wood that have been manipulated by different people and aesthetics over time. ⁠

Elinor ensures her practice carries the same playful and bright impact. Rachel designs her prints for interior and lifestyle accessories to put happiness and colour onto something tangible and useful every day.⁠


Shining a spotlight on the graduating Class of 2020’s final year projects. 

The New Designers team selected works from June to September to showcase the freshest design talent and shared through our platforms.