Taking place the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, the New Designers multi-institution grad show gives a chance to see some marvellous work from the next generation of creative talent from universities from around the UK – from Portsmouth to St Davids to Hull.

Over the past couple of years we thought the New Designers grad show was on the wane for us, with less and less space given over to graphic design, illustration and animation in favour of the show’s primary focus: product design. This year we were really pleased that there was a whole extra room given over to the things we cover here at Digital Arts, and the work was of a very high level – though not as outstanding as that on show at the D&AD’s New Blood a few days earlier.

Each institution has more space at New Designers than at New Blood, so there was a lot more large-scale physical work on show. This really helped showcase the physical craft work of graduates who had produced dioramas, homewares and books.

Here are our top 10 picks from New Designers 2014.

Hannah Calverley – Nottingham Trent University

While it was this intricate diorama that caught our attention, it’s actually the setting for a 20-second sting for the Sky Arts channel. Based on a line from the brief she was given – "A place where creativity lives” – Hannah has built an art gallery in the shape of the word ‘Arts’, full of figures, well-known artworks and some well-fashioned details from a cafe to fire extinguishers.

You can watch the film above.


Use the slideshow controls above and right to see more of our picks from New Designers 2014.

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