New Designers CLASS OF 2020

UPDATE: 22 MAY 2020

Dear New Designer Class of 2020,

We have been working hard behind the scenes to create a digital event for the Class of 2020.

As previously announced, the 2020 New Designers event will take the form of a digital awards programme open to our graduate class of 2020: ND Awards.

ND Awards is the only graduate awards programme celebrating a huge range of design disciplines mirroring the format of the live event.

The approach of the awards is aligned to industry practice. Each award partner/sponsor has created a brief(s) for students to respond to.

Briefs will be launched on 1 July and entries must be submitted by 14 August, this six week time frame provides ample time to create a response to the brief.

Each of the awards will be judged by an illustrious panel of judges supported by award partners, with the opportunity to win a range of prizes and opportunities to boost their transition into the creative industries.

The winner of each of our awards and the shortlist of five runner-up’s will feature in a specially curated digital supplement hosted on newdesigners.com. In addition, it will go out through our channels, industry e-newsletter, social media platforms – combined 150,000 followers. We will be working with a whole host of media partners, associations and other key event partners to support and promote these awards.

ND Selects

ND Selects will run throughout June and July, in the lead up to the ND Awards.

We know you have worked incredibly hard on their degrees and don’t want their works to go to unnoticed. Throughout June and July, ND Selects is the platform for graduates to have their final year pieces promoted, shared and loved on the ND Instagram (62,000 + followers).

We want to support and show off all the amazing work that has been achieved and provide an exposure of students work to the industry.

If your University has signed up to ND Awards 2020, upload photographs/videos of your work onto your e-zone profile on the New Designers website. We will be selecting works to display from Monday 1 June and we encourage you to upload as soon as possible.

The ND Team will select their favourites to feature on the ND Instagram. If you post on Instagram, make sure you tag us @NewDesigners and use hashtag #NewDesigners20 #NDSelects #ComingtoND.

ND Connects and ND Educates

What do you do now your course has finished? It is a strange world at the moment and many of you will not know what steps to take next.

Let us help you navigate this unusual time with a series of free workshops and talks from our industry partners. We have curated an extensive programme bursting with top tips, how to and feedback to support you in your next chapter as a creative professional.

ND Connects and ND Educates initiatives are free and able to be viewed online through our website and Instagram account throughout 1 – 11 July. Recordings will be posted to our website for you to watch again at any time.

For dates and timelines please visit our What’s On page here.

To subscribe to our New Designers Class of 2020 newsletter please complete the form below.

Please take care and we hope to see you soon.

Best wishes,

New Designers Team

Dear New Designers Class of 2020,

We hope that in these challenging times you are all staying home, keeping well and continuing to be creative as best you can.

It is with huge regret that we have had to take the decision to cancel this year’s New Designers event and can appreciate what a disappointment that is to you all. It was not a decision we took lightly but in light of the current situation there really was no other option.

It’s now more important than ever for our industry to come together and find new ways of supporting the fantastic talent we expected to see at this year’s event and celebrate all you have achieved in getting to this point. We endeavour as ever to offer exposure, connections, guidance, support and to help kick-start careers and it is to this end that we have chosen to host the New Designers Awards programme digitally this year.

This will be an opportunity to showcase your work and creativity to a whole host of our industry supporters and New Designers community.

Alongside this we will also be launching an online programme of talks, workshops and portfolio reviews. These will offer advice and guidance for you when leaving university to support your creative futures and will be hosted on newdesigners.com.

These initiatives will be launched during our usual event dates, the first two weeks of July and we are currently working hard behind the scenes to make this happen.

To subscribe to our New Designers Class of 2020 newsletter please complete the form below.

Please take care and we hope to see you soon.

Best wishes,

New Designers Team


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