New Designers 2015 a scorching success…

This year, New Designers – the most prestigious graduate design show turned 30, and a selection of the BSc Product Designers headed up to the Business Design Centre in Islington to join hundreds of other graduates from across the UK in showing their work to the wider public, industry and press for the first time.

With only a day and a half on site build up, the student team, led by Associate Tutor Claire Potter transformed the white and empty 35sqm shell into a showcase space for the university and the final project work of the students this year.

One of the students, Daniel Roberts documented the build process on the Design Show 2015 blog…

‘The first of a week of long days! Today was tough on everyone; the load and unload, the guys in the van experiencing the joys of driving in London, we still have a couple parts missing from a delivery and then the baking heat… However after what’s felt like a long time planning Sussex have made it to New Designers 2015, and have made a good start to putting together the stand.

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Pulling together and getting the job done, even when things don’t quite go to plan… The second and final day of setup saw a last minute change around on the design of the stand, due to a delivery not making it to us in time. However, we aren’t phased by things like this so after a quick gathering, an on-the-spot back up plan was formed and executed (with a few trips to the local shops to boot) and we finished the stand with time to spare.

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The grey paint used on the stand was by local company Reborn paints, who divert paint waste from landfill and use it to create a completely new product with a really high recycled content. This ‘Intense slate’ was a real winner and made our posters and signage really stand out fantastically.

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These plywood boxes have been used for a few years now, but were updated this year with a contrasting coloured edge that linked through to the wall posters. This tied the centre of the stand and the walls together nicely.

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Another of our sponsors was Brighton based lighting contractors Edwards and Hope, who helped us create a bespoke light fitting with a variety of bulbs that plotted our journey through our degree alongside the timeline.

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Another new feature to our stand this year was a ‘tear off’ information sheet holder – created using reclaimed ring binders from Freegle Brighton, which were dismantled and reused to hold project info. This meant that journalists, bloggers and industry visitors could choose specifically the information they needed.

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FINISHED! Can you see US? We were quite hard to miss!

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Exhibiting at New Designers was an incredible experience from which we have taken a lot from, in terms of future direction, contacts, knowledge and just listening to the experiences of others in the know. What I enjoyed in particular was seeing and finding out about the vast range of innovative and smart products, as well as ideas and illustrations, that graduates up and down the country produced for their final projects, as well as pitching my own to industry and the public. Having been before as a visitor I had a small understanding of what to expect, however the reality completely surpassed that in terms of how much I’ve managed to gain personally from the week, and would recommend anyone to go given the opportunity whether it be exhibiting or visiting’

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Thank you to Daniel Roberts for the post, and we will keep you all updated on how Dan and the rest of this years graduates get on in their new careers!

Plus, we can also reveal that there were two on the spot job offers for University of Sussex Product Designers this year, along with two award nominations, an invite for a graduate to exhibit at New Designers – One Year On in 2016 and numerous interviews with press and bloggers… Well done everyone!

(images by Daniel Roberts and Claire Potter)

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