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Showtime! – On the lookout for the newest design talent

Last week I really enjoyed visiting three London design shows: Workout, D&AD New Blood and New Designers. After a crazy three years of fun and fast paced projects, the hottest new design graduates finally got to grab a beer and show off their folios.

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Workout

This buzzy East End private view showcased a key project from each student on Kingston University’s BA Hons Graphic Design and Graphic Design with Photography courses.

As a former Kingston student, I always enjoy going to this show – not just to catch up with old faces, but also to see the diverse ideas that Kingston has always championed.

This year a few students stood out for me in particular, one of these was Joana Galvao. Joana’s final project, an app design called *inLondon, demonstrated a simple yet strong idea of exploring different countries and cultures with local sensory experiences. The *inLondon app enables the viewer to explore key locations within London, and experience traditional food, music and activities from particular countries, without even leaving the simple London tube map.

Joana joins us in September as an intern and we look forward to working with her in the studio. Check out the work from the latest Kingston graduates at www.workout2013.com

D&AD New Blood

This show was held at the Old Spitalfields market this year. After 3 hours looking around 100 stands, we had barely even scratched the surface! Although the layout of this years show was easier to navigate, it was still difficult to clearly see the work displayed on some of the stands. That said, as soon as we arrived, we were drawn to Ravensbourne College, who were placed directly at the entrance.

They were storming ahead with this years D&AD awards for moving image and digital design. Their focus on ideas and keen eye for detail really stood out. Other stands that caught my eye were the universities of Plymouth, Bournemouth, Lincoln and the Young Creative Council.

One student who really shone was Chris Algar from University of Lincoln, who won D&AD student of the year award for his V&A project – congratulations Chris! I really enjoyed meeting him recently and we’re excited to say we’ll be working with him soon as he joins The Team as an intern in August.

Check out the D&AD New Blood at www.dandad.org/talent/new-blood/exhibition

New Designers

And finally we popped along to the massive New Designers show at the Business Design Centre in Islington. This was my first ever experience of New Designers, and it was great to see so many disciplines all under one roof.

With so many Colleges/Universities on show, it was interesting to see their individual approaches to the presentation of their work. Some chose to show a montage of work on single boards, some bravely chose one signature piece, whilst others chose not to display work but rather focus on the concept of the stand itself.

The shows that stood out for me were University of Hertfordshire, Portsmouth and Plymouth. In the last two years we’ve been following University of Hertfordshire, from whom we booked three interns last year: Brinley, Paul and Catherine. Their strong concept driven approach to briefs and exploration of ideas has helped Herts really stand out from the crowd. Portsmouth and Plymouth also made an impact, showcasing some great ISTD work highlighting their strong typographic and editorial design.

Check out the New Designers show at www.newdesigners.com

Internship

The Team now offer many different internship programmes in brand design, digital and marketing. All our one-month placements, both under-graduate and post-graduate, are paid. If you’re bursting with ideas and have a passion for design, we want to hear from you.

If you’re interested in joining our team, please submit a CV and folio PDF to graduates@theteam.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

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