New Designers is the best place to find emerging talent. Whether you are a recruiter, buyer or simply looking for inspiration visit our virtual event to connect with the next generation of designers.

From 30 June – 10 July will be running a number of digital initiatives for networking and creating opportunities to connect with industry. Including our online graduate portfolio’s which will be available for you to view during the show dates.

Launched for the first time in 2020, ND CONNECTS is an opportunity for exhibiting University graduates to connect with industry specialists to create meaningful connections leading directly to employment.


Are you searching for the very best graduate design talent for your business? Is there a graduate opportunity on offer? Looking for a new freelancer to add to your roster or an emerging talent to feature in your gallery?

The New Designers Online ‘Job Board’ is a great opportunity to advertise your graduate job vacancies on a complimentary basis.

New Designers online will represent graduates from across the very best university courses, from a BA/MA (Hons) Textiles from Edinburgh College of Art to BA (Hons) Design Craft from De Montfort University, BA (Hons) Product Design at Ravensbourne University and BSC Digital Design at Brunel University. 

Covering all aspects of design from textiles and fashion to glass and ceramics, jewellery and furniture, to industrial design and digital design courses, contact us today to discuss your vacancies so it’s positioned to our graduate designers during this year’s New Designers Online.

New Designers Online 2021:

Week 1: 30 June – 3 July 2021
Focus Areas: BA/MA Fashion and Textiles, Costume Design, Glass and Ceramics, Jewellery and Precious Metalwork, Contemporary Design Crafts

Week 2: 7 – 10 July 2021
Focus Areas: BA/MA Furniture, Product, Industrial and Spatial Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Motion and Digital Arts



Thanks to Wilko and their expert panel of leading designers who dedicated their time to review a number of portfolio in the highly sought after sold out sessions of ‘Portfolio Reviews’. 

The ‘Portfolio Reviews’ offered a free, one to one 30 minute video chat for the graduate with an industry professional. It was a fantastic opportunity for the graduate to delve into the panel’s minds, ask questions, find out what they look for, what they recommend and ask what the best practice is for taking their next steps in their career.

These free session were exclusive to the New Designer Class of 2020 graduates.

For ND 2020 Wilko hosted six sold out portfolio reviews. 

These sessions were suitable for Surface Pattern, Textile Design and Product Design graduates.