New Designers to host biz talks at 2013 show


"Innovation and information come together" for guest and exhibitors.

By Jessica Knowles

The New Designers Show will host a number of talks this at this year’s graduate show as part of its new events programme.

he New Designers Show offers an opportunity to see more than 3,000 newly graduated designers from the UK’s main creative universities come together to showcase their work.

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Jewellery design exhibitions and talks will take place during Part One of the show, between June 26 and 29, featuring informative speeches and discussion forums on topics such as marketing, business, liaising with journalists and what to do after graduation.

Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust will offer a full day of business development sessions including panel discussions, short talks and Q&A sessions with a number of professional advisers and organisations from across the UK including Bishopsland, SPACE, Yorkshire Artspace, Vanilla Ink, Craft Central, Cockpit Arts, Arts Thread, Etsy, Crafts Council, Ideas Tap, School for Creative Start Ups and Handmade in Britain.

Whilst many of these talks are aimed at the students exhibiting their work, there will also be a tour of New Designers hosted by Trend Bible creative director Joanna Feely, who will guide retailers and buyers around the show, highlighting the products that she feels reflect the key 2014 trends.

Global Color Research, the colour consultancy company behind Mix Trends and Mix magazine, will present a seminar profiling four key colour trends for Spring Summer 2014 which is recommended for designers who are looking for directional information on colour, materials and trends.

Post-graduation information comes in the form of a talk by The Goldsmith Centre’s Peter Taylor who is director of technology and training. This will include information on Setting Out, the Centre’s new communal workshop programme launching at New Designers 2013.

Additionally, ‘Facing the Challenges Ahead with New Designers’ brings together student reps, course leaders, tutors and second year students who will be sharing their ideas and experiences with attendees.

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