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Creatives will be one of the companies on hand at New Designers Part I & II, advising on portfolio presentation. Looking forward to meeting the future faces of creativity.

We will be there on Friday 29th June between 1 and 6pm, and FRIDAY 6th JULY between 1 and 6 pm supporting ARTSTHREAD – The website supporting Art & Design Graduates, free to upload your portfolio. DO IT NOW!!

New Designers 2011 – Press Quotes:

New Design magazine – June 2011
‘Young Talent’: The UK’s design courses are internationally renowned for their excellent teaching which stimulates creative innovation and hones professional skills. It’s the biggest gathering of design graduates in one place and therefore attracts prospective employers from all over the world, working in every field and every discipline. New Designers is their priority destination.

The Architects’ Journal – AJ Specification supplement – June 2011
The popular summer event gives a snapshot of the latest ideas, trends and creative minds as 3500 new designers come together and present their work.

FX – May 2011
Now in its 26th year, New Designers is a great resource for those who attend and a great springboard for those who exhibit.

Designer magazine – June 2011
If ever anyone doubted whether the UK is producing inspiring young design talent then a visit to New Designers will certainly hel to set the record straight.

Professional Jeweller – June 2011
The One Year On section of the show, occupied by designers who were new graduates last year and have now been working in the industry for a year, is a rich segment of the exhibition with a serious tour-de-force of emerging design talent that can offer retailers the chance to discover jewellers on the rise that are more seasoned and shop-ready than the graduates.

Mix – issue 24 Two 2011
And finally there is a bigger and better talks programme, a key focus for new designers and an open forum for tutors, students, industry professional and the media, a welcome chance to air issues that affect designers both new and established.

Develop3D – June 2011
Many university course tutors and lecturers deem New Designers a vital showcase for their students and so keep coming back year after year. ‘Its important for us to exhibit at New Designers. It provides students with an opportunity for peer review and to meet their contemporaries,’ says Graham Hill, course leader of BA (Hons) Product Design at University of Central Lancashire.

Evening Standard Homes & Property – 29 June – Corinne Julius
‘Hunt through the young designer shows for bargains’: The Government is keen to stress the creativity of Britain’s young designers and the contribution they make to the economy, while bigname manufacturers and high street retailers are eager to exploit their talent. However, at this time of year the public also gets to marvel at the work of the UK’s newly emerging designers at graduate degree shows – and if you are really savvy, you might commission work from a future design star.

The Independent – 8 July – Trish Lorenz
‘Britain’s got talent’: this year’s tranche of design graduates may have the next Starck in its ranks and the New Designers exhibition, which is currently running at Islington’s Business Design Centre, is the place to spot young talent and grab yourself a bargain. ……. It’s also a chance to get your hands on some well-crafted original pieces at reasonable prices. Or why not commission something bespoke? After all, it’s an opportunity to own a one-off by a designer who one day might be too busy and too famous to be affordable.

{BTW Creatives Inc doesnt agree with the above statement by Trish Lorenz…we would never refer to someone as a bargain!] – 29 June – Your Money – Maisha Frost
The event, staged at London’s Business Design Centre, is renowned for drawing prospective employers, buyers, retailers and gallery owners as well as the public and noted for the practical support it gives budding entrepreneurs planning to start their own ventures and make a living from design.
The Budding Designers team visited the New Designers graduates show today; we had an absolutely fantastic time! This is definitely one of the best shows we’ve been to all year. The quality of the work is stunning, more designs are finished products this year and the attention to detail is very impressive. Anyone in the creative industries should head down to the Business Design Centre in London over the next couple of weeks!

Lolita and Me blog
I have visited the exhibition for the last few years and am always extremely impressed with the standard of the show. ………. The work this summer was incredible and I was blown away from the moment I walked through the door. blog
New Designers 2011 had a lot to live up to. Having been cited by mydeco’s features editor Ellie as her ‘highlight of the year’ we had high expectations heading down to the event and awards presentation……..We weren’t disappointed – not just because of the free cocktails! The show was a hub of activity brimming with newly graduated, fresh fashion, furniture and textile design talent. There was so much to see that it was quite overwhelming.

New Designers 2012

Part 1: 27 – 30 June 2012
Part 2: 4 – 7 July 2012



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New Designers 2012 | Artsthread

New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate exhibition.

Taking place over two weeks, with nine distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, New Designers is an event full of innovation and fresh thinking.  Over 3,500 of the most talented newly graduated designers from across the nation will come together under one roof for the 27th edition of New Designers.

New Designers are delighted to announce that we are working with a new partner, Arts Thread. Arts Thread is now hosting New Designers online graduate portfolios, providing a year round extension of New Designers the exhibition.

We are delighted to announce that we are working with a new partner, Arts Thread. Arts Thread is now hosting New Designers online graduate portfolios, providing a year round extension of New Designers the exhibition.

Arts Thread provides a comprehensive online directory for new and emerging design talent. For graduates, it offers invaluable advice and information for those dedicated to developing their career.

We are very pleased to have found a partner who shares our values in bringing graduate talent and business together.

New Designers Part 1: Wednesday 27 June – Saturday 30 June 2012

– Textiles, Fashion & Accessories
– Contemporary Applied Arts
– Ceramics & Glass
– Jewellery & Precious Metalwork
– One Year On

New Designers Part 2: Wednesday 4 July – Saturday 7 July 2012
– Product & Industrial Design
– Furniture Design
– Visual Communications
(incl. Graphic Design and Illustration)
– Spatial Design (including Architecture & Interior
– One Year On

NEW DESIGNERS to register your interest.

ARTSTHREAD WEBSITE [There are a few technical issues at the moment but please ignore any warnings you see regarding the website certificate..all safe]

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Designersblock London 2011

DESIGNERSBLOCK 14th annual London show will take place between the 22nd and 25th of September 2011.

They  welcome applications from individual designers regardless of discipline, design collectives, universities , manufacturers, creative agencies, artists and others who understand and appreciate our approach and values.

Space within the show is available at 100 per sq metre, minimum stand size 10sq metres.

Farmiloe Building
34 St John Street London EC1M 4AY

Thursday, September 22, 2011 –  Sunday, September 25, 2011
10.00 – 19.00

DESIGNERSBLOCK is working together with ARTS THREAD to select 10 of the most creative and forward-looking designers from the ARTS THREAD site (upload your portfolio by mid August to be considered) to show their work at the London Design Festival.

And to register for FREE entry to the event – http://designersblocklondo​

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London Design Festival: ARTS THREAD Portfolio Advice

September 23 and 24 2011

London Design Festival & The V&A have invited ARTS THREAD to The V&A to promote all design graduates who appear on their website.

In addition, ARTS THREAD will be running FREE portfolio surgeries at The V&A on a drop-in basis and industry specialists will be giving careers advice and talks on setting up your own business for all graduates featured on ARTS THREAD.

See this You Tube clip of a previous night out at the V&A, and hear from its supporters

Also a write up from the V&A on the event can be found here


ARTS THREAD is the world’s only creative graduate website.

ARTS THREAD bridges the gap between education and the creative industry. For the first time ever, design students, graduates, universities, schools and the creative industry can network worldwide.


  •  ARTS THREAD brings the global creative industry to your door
  • We offer an individual well-designed online portfolio that truly promotes you- the graduate-to a Global audience
  • Our vast database of creative clients worldwide are looking for new graduates, Interns and freelancers
  • Global reach of extra benefits: information on current design grants, competitions, internships and exhibitions, as well as practical how- to guides and live forums where International students can interact


  • ARTS THREAD offers the opportunity to promote your own specific courses, showcasing your graduates’ portfolios to a Global audience
  • The site acts as a tool for BA and MA student recruitment, as well as marketing the course to Industry for sponsorships, internships etc
  • You have the opportunity of live broadcasts, enabling pre-university students to see lectures and tours of the facilities wherever they may be in the World


  • ARTS THREAD is a free recruitment tool that allows you to channel directly through to the portfolios of the most talented graduates – by specific specialism and university.
  • Global Industry professionals will have the luxury of viewing these portfolios free of charge and in a time and place that’s right for you
  • Through ARTS THREAD Industry can network with universities to have the benefit of Internships from the top students worldwide
  • We offer an unrivalled insight into the latest trends in graduate design
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Welcome Retailers!

New Designers 2011 was a resounding success in terms of the connections we made with not only fantastic creative talent, but also to the Manufacturers & Retailers we met over the two weeks. It was a real pleasure to meet you all.

We will be making contact with you over the coming weeks with regard to discussions we had. Also we have seen from our site Analytics, that some of you have been very interested in our web site, so please don’t be shy, contact us on the email below.

We are busy getting all the portfolios together from the designers we met and who are keen to work with industry to increase your design footprint in the High Street.

Watch this space!

If you have urgent enquiries regarding any of the products you saw, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or by telephone on 07961 071947.




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New Designers 2011: Showcasing the very best in graduate design

Just A Note by Laurie Woodruff

This image by Laurie Woodruff caught our eye at the New Designers show in 2008...and lead to an award nominated card range in 2009

New Designers @ The Business Design Centre London

Part 1: 29 June – 2 July 2011 – Textiles, Fashion & Accessories, Contemporary Applied Arts, Ceramics & Glass, Jewellery & Precious Metalwork, One Year On

Part 2: 6 July – 9 July 2011 – Product Design, Furniture Design, Visual Communications (including Graphic Design & Illustration), Spatial Design, One Year On

Wednesday 29 June & 6 July – Awards Preview Evenings sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Book here

We support New Designers and look forward to working with some of the fantastic talent that British Universities have to offer. It’s a tough world out there, and Creatives Inc hopes to enable opportunities  between Artists & Business.

The world has become a much more savvy place in realising that image is everything and marketing must involve good design and good ideas.

Not many of us end up doing what we really want to do, but this place really does pave the way for some of those looking to start their career in design.

Creatives Inc are great supporters of ARTSTHREAD, who are a partner in this years event.  They work tirelessly to bring the world of careers right to design graduates door. And soon, it wont just be the UK looking at Artsthread, its set to become a worldwide network. This means the doors are open for international business to pick up on great British design. We are the leaders in our field and Artsthread never waste an opportunity to spearhead our pool of creativity.

They will be repeating this years sellout success again with ‘V&A connects…‘, a series of inter-active, evening events organised by, and for professionals working in the creative industries. With a strong emphasis on industry-led content and audience participation, this series represents an innovative way of re-charging creative batteries, sharing new ideas, and making contact with new people.

Come & see us at the show!

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