We had a wonderful time scouting for fresh creative talent at this year’s New Designers exhibition. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the industry evening and talking to people – students and tutors – about their work and the questions they had about establishing themselves in Design.
We loved the range of work at this year’s exhibition. It was interesting to note the seamless integration of Motion Graphics, Animation and Digital within the Visual Communication displays. Media-neutral communication indeed. Shout out to the Interactive Media Design graduates at University of Hertfordshire. We really loved your work!
Simon Tran‘s interactive narrative website ‘Ginormous’ was particularly inventive. This year’s Graphic Design graduates also had some very strong portfolios. We were consistently impressed with the graduate work from Swansea College of Art and The University of Hertfordshire.
Swansea College of Art gave out keychains featuring printed information about each of their graduates including their own professional identities. We thought this was a really nice touch and clearly a sign of preparing their students for business in the creative industries. Be sure to check out the work of Morwenna Chapman and Nickolas Briz Waters.
The School of Creative Arts at Hertfordshire University has always been a great friend to Gosling and we’ve regularly hired graduate designers fresh from their courses. This year we were very impressed with Lilian Leung‘s work. She’s already got an extensive portfolio. She’s one to watch.
Cambridge School of Art put a smile on our face. The work of Bethany Christou was warm, witty and endearing. The character designs in her portfolio were so full of personality that they leapt off the page! We look forward to seeing her children’s book writing and illustration develop over the next few years. We expect you’ll be seeing a lot more of her narrative work very soon.
The One Year On part of the exhibition presents young designers who are in their first year of business. Corin Kennington‘s letterpress typeface was a real favourite. We also loved the work of Ana Jaks and Thomas Pullin, two 2015 illustration graduates of Falmouth University. Ana’s work is bright, bold and beautiful. Her work for mapology guides is really gorgeous. It was great to see how far they’d progressed with their careers already.
Thomas Pullin is another one to watch. His editorial work is outstanding and he has already found consistent client work for the Guardian. The fun, playfulness of his packaging designs suggests he’d ace the children’s book market too. Publishers, take note.
We can’t wait to see what happens next for these guys. We’re going to really enjoy watching them all grow from strength to strength.