Immediate Media has announced that New Designers will be returning to the Business Design Centre in Islington, London from June 28th – July 1st and July 5th – July 8th 2023. New Designers will once again bring together 3,000 creative graduates under one roof across multiple design disciplines, including ceramics, fashion, furniture design, graphic design, jewellery design, product design, textiles, illustration and animation to celebrate the most innovative and exciting emerging design talent. 

Founded in 1985, New Designers has helped launch the careers of some of the UK’s most prolific designers including Bethan Gray, Jay Osgerby, Stella McCartney and Lee Broom and for the last 38 years it has continued to provide a platform for graduates to present their visionary ideas to the public and industry professionals that are looking to source the most cutting-edge talent, crafts, and designs. 


ND Selects is a curated space at New Designers dedicated to shining a light on new businesses in the design industry. Visitors who attend the event ready to seek out the hottest design trends can expect to see products that have just made it to market. This area is always sought out by industry leaders who attend the show ready to commission or invest in the latest new products and by the design conscious public looking to buy direct from up and coming designers. 

Each exhibitor is hand-selected by a panel of industry experts for their innovative designs. For 2023 we are delighted to announce the curator for this year’s ND Selects, Louisa Pacifico, founder of Future Icons. Louisa selects makers and designers to represent and nurture through business consultancy and curated showcases. Most notably, she developed and managed the curated showcases for The Future of Craft at London Craft Week, gallery venues within the iconic Burlington Arcade in Mayfair.


This year’s event sees the return of the New Designers Awards Programme, the prestigious awards programme which sees some of the UK’s leading design brands including Hallmark, Joseph Joseph, Anglepoise, Tatty Devine and Habitat present accolades to the most creative and forward-thinking exhibitors. The 2023 show sees over 30 awards, each of which offering different prizes and industry opportunities that will help graduates’ transition into the professional world.


ND Futures is the name given to New Designers schools programme which is aimed at 15-18 year olds, offering them guidance and inspiration to consider a future career in design. For 2023 New Designers are expanding on ND Futures creating ND Futures Fund which will allow visitors to donate at checkout to support the event facilitating places for underprivileged school children in the borough to visit New Designers and start their journey on a design career. 


The much-anticipated talks and workshops programme returns for 2023 giving visitors the opportunity to hear from leading brands, designers and industry experts as they offer unique insights into the latest design trends and discuss key themes within the design sector. The full ND23 programme will be announced shortly but key emerging themes will be designing with the cost of living crisis, innovation in sustainable design and the circular economy, and diversity in design. Confirmed highlights include; panel discussions led by editors from Creative Review and Design Week, talks by designers from Habitat, and inspiring leaders in design including Tom Faulkner, and Louisa Pacifico, Future Icons who will discuss their careers to date, as well as sessions on designing for optimism and tips to overcome creative jealousy led by artist/graphic designer June Minyama-Smithson.

About New Designers

New Designers is the longest running and leading graduate design showcase in the country. This year is the 38th anniversary and will bring together 200 flagship university design courses who will be showcasing 3,000 of the country’s finest design students. They connect future leading lights with the design industry for creative exchange and professional collaboration. Discover the future of design at New Designers 2023.

Trade members are invited to attend New Designers for free. Use the link to secure your trade pass for New Designers 2023.