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Awards boost for New Designers

Graduate design exhibition News Designers has secured 43 award sponsors for this year’s awards.

Joining long-standing New Designers supporters such as John Lewis, Wilko, Joules, Virgin Atlantic and Hallmark – which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary at the event – is a fresh crop of sponsors who are looking to New Designers to recruit upcoming design talent and inject fresh thinking into their businesses. These include the Lego, Stannah and Belmond.

Porsche will launch its first design competition exclusively at the event, aiming to unearth skilled new visionaries among the 3,000plus young creatives exhibiting.

Recognising the most creative and forward-thinking exhibitors, the 58 awards comprise monetary prizes ranging from £250 to £1,000, as well as invaluable professional experience and mentoring with the sponsors’ design teams – often both. In the past, New Designers’ Award placements have launched the careers of many winning designers – and a large number have gone on to permanent work with the brand supporting the award.

This year, award-winners can look forward to a host of unique and potentially career-making opportunities, including:

Hallmark Studio Award: £500 and 4 weeks of paid studio placement with free accommodation;

John Lewis Award for Design and Innovation: £1,000 to support career development and a visit to the John Lewis Design team;

Sainsbury’s Home and Argos Home Award: One year paid work placement within the Sainsbury’s Argos Design Studio; 

Goldsmiths’ Company Award for Jewellery: One week work experience in a professional jewellery workshop at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, with up to £500 toward expenses; 

Joules Print Award: £500 cash prize and a two week paid work placement with a commercial portfolio review by one of Joules’ Senior Design team;

Romo Award for Innovation in Design and Colour: £500 to support the development of the winner’s textile design career plus a paid internship of up to six months in Romo's head-office design studio;

Lego Award For Playful Creativity: A visit to the Lego Group headquarters in Denmark and professional coaching from William Thorogood, Lego Creative Play Lab’s senior innovation director;

Belmond Award: A commission to design a product for one of Belmond’s properties;

Joseph Stannah Award: A six-week paid placement in Stannah's design office and £1,000 to support the development of the winner’s design career;

Made TalentLAB Award: Five one-hour mentorship sessions with one of made.com's designers.

The show takes place at the Business Design Centre, London from 27-30 June and 4-7 July.

Pictured is Stripe Stool by OneYear In exhibitor King & Webbon. Image by Yeshen Venema.