It’s never been harder for new design graduates to get their businesses off the ground – funding cuts, hard-to-get loans, student debt, sky-high rents – it’s enough to blunt anyone’s creativity.
However, the briefest tour around the New Designers show at the Business Design Centre flies in the face of these woes. When I visited, the hall was buzzing with energy, endeavour and, above all, skill.
Everywhere I looked I was bowled over by the technical ability and shear creative force of these graduating students who come from UK-wide design courses – in furniture, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, illustration and more. It’s exciting to see that, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, Britain really has got talent.
No doubt the teaching, too, is bang on the money, plus Britain still offers students a foundation year for art and design courses, which enables young people to experiment across disciplines
and find their feet…….Read More