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A wealth of design talent and ideas at New Designers 2019

Posted on 28/05/2019

KTN are at New Designers 2019 to help businesses find and collaborate with the UK’s top student design talent.

New Designers connects over 3000 talented design graduates from around the UK with businesses looking to bring in new design thinking; buyers looking to source the most innovative craft and design; and aspiring students with the widest range of design courses available to explore.  Held at London’s Business Design Centre 26-29 June & 3-6 July, the show explores every discipline of modern making.

KTN has been involved in New Designers for 5 years to discover what the cream of the UK’s academic institutions are working on, identify hidden talent across the design spectrum, and bring in a wide network of businesses to engage and collaborate.

KTN will be hosting individual sessions at New Designers 2019 including the Design Course Leaders Reception in partnership with the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).  Taking place on Wed 3rd July, experts such as Pete Lomas, Founder of Raspberry PI, and Mark Lynch, KTA, will provide insights into IED and Knowledge Transfer Partnership support for design courses and graduates.

Design’s role in plastics re-use and recycling

In collaboration with other Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) Partners, KTN will be hosting a Designing a circular economy; innovative responses for re-use talk and panel session on Thursday 4th July in the Talks Theatre from 12 – 12.45pm.  This will look at how imaginative design and thoughtful materials selection are essential to the successful re-use and recyclability of plastic products and waste. The Talk includes practical tips and guidance on designing great products while reducing waste and introduces new networks and government initiatives.

We are delighted to have a number of highly experienced industry experts at this talk including Marie Bach Holm – Envisage Group, Sally Beken – KTN UK Circular Plastics Network, Roy Cox – WRAP, Matt Davies – British Plastics Federation. The panel will be chaired by Ed Hobson, Head of Design, Knowledge Transfer Network.

Immediately following the talk, materials scientists from KTN, IOM3 and other MaDE Partners will take part in a MaDE Roving Materials Clinic visiting exhibitors on their stands in the Exhibition Hall to offer contacts and advice to help improve their knowledge of materials for design, and advance their career prospects. Last year’s highlights can be seen here.

Industry Roundtable

To conclude, KTN are taking part in an evening Industry Roundtable where Terry O’Neill, KTN’s Head of Health and Michelle Carter, KTN Interim Head of Transport join Sky Creative, moo, Pentland and made.com to discuss emerging trends and technologies that will impact on design with visitors to the Show.

The full programme can be found on the New Designers website here.

Advance tickets are now available on the New Designers website offering a 30% discount.  Get yours now at www.newdesigners.com.

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