It was fantastic to meet the next generation of (very talented) artists at New Designers 2019.

Held at London’s Business Design Centre from 1 – 4 and 8 – 11 July, New Designers showcases the work of 3,000 graduates from around the country. The event provides a unique platform for fresh design talent to connect with professionals and consumers for creative exchange and collaboration.

New Designers at London’s Business Design Centre

Visual Studio Manager Yvonne Robson said, “We first joined forces with New Designers because we admired their commitment to discovering new talent and acting as a springboard into the creative industries.

Hallmark is so proud to have helped launch and nurture the careers of a diverse and talented collection of designers.

We love working with New Designers as it gives us the opportunity to explore creative avenues and it’s an invaluable opportunity for graduates to meet some of our team and discover what makes Hallmark so special!”

Leaflets for the conference

For the Hallmark Studio Award, we were on the lookout for fresh ideas and an innovative approach to greeting cards and gift presentation. Our Week One winner, William Sharp, impressed us with his incredible Montieran Collection. William studied at The Glasgow School of Art and specialised in jewellery design.

Yvonne Robson, William Sharp and Kelly Jones (Hallmark’s Head of Creative – Visual Studios)

The judges loved his concept for its intelligence, interactivity and sustainable responsibility. You can see more of William’s work by visiting his Instagram.

William’s jewellery

The Week Two winner of the Hallmark Studio Award was Sarah Batchelor. Sarah wowed the judges with her innovative and responsible use of materials, along with her graphic design and presentation skills.

Sarah Batchelor, winner of the Hallmark Studio Award

Her winning artwork was a stool that highlights the impact of our throwaway society. The chair seat is constructed from a new material (made of 98% discarded denim and paper) to demonstrate how waste can be transformed into something desirable. You can check out Sarah’s other amazing work via her Instagram.

We look forward to welcoming William and Sarah for their 4-week paid studio placement.

New Designers continues to inspire and impress us…bring on the 2020 exhibitions!