Portfolio Reviews: ND16
For the last three years I have been asked by Arts Thread to get involved with their Speed Portfolio Reviews at New Designers Exhibition. After the success of these sessions at ND15, this year is no different.
Arts Thread aim to bridge the gap between education and industry by acting as a Launchpad for new creatives worldwide. For all design students and recent graduates, they offer a platform to upload your portfolio and have hosted competitions before now with global brands including Nike, Levi’s, Eastpak, Mamas & Papas, Urban Outfitters and BBC Worldwide.
On the back of these competitions, some students have earned themselves internships, taken products to market and had the chance to exhibit to an international audience.
Register with Arts Thread
You must be registered with Arts Thread to enter any of these competitions, so if you’re a design student right now and don’t have an Arts Thread account: REGISTER HERE. It’s a fantastic opportunity, and one I wish I’d known about sooner when I was a student.
8-9th July 2016: Come to a Portfolio Review session!
One of the annual events Arts Thread run at New Designers is the Speed Portfolio Reviews, where myself and others from the design industry sit down one-to-one and give advice to these young graduates on improving their design portfolios and increasing the chances of them getting the job they desire most.
There are some highly regarded designers and curators helping out at these sessions, in fields spanning Illustration, Graphic Design, Furniture, Jewellery, Branding and Industrial Design.
If you’re exhibiting at New Designers 2016 and feel you’d be interested in this, go to http://www.artsthread.com/events/artsthreadspeedportfolioreviews/ and book a slot when it all opens up in May.
I will be down at these sessions on the 8th and 9th July 2016 at New Designers, held at the Business Design Centre in Angel. The one-to-one reviews are quite short, but if you’d like more in-depth help or feedback on your portfolio before then – you can fire over an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If not – I’ll see you there!
Also… BREAKING IN: Product Design
Also, for any Product Designers wanting to brush up their portfolio independently before these sessions at New Designers, a great book to buy is Breaking In: Product Design by Amina Horozic. Amina is the Lead Industrial Designer at Fuseproject in San Francisco and interviewed 100 of the top Design Directors globally, specifically asking questions about portfolios, what employers are looking for and what young designers can do to break into the industry. The interviews are condensed into this book, featuring top guys from the likes of IDEO, Samsung, Fuseproject, Frog, Nike, Seymourpowell and lots more!
I’ve been fortunate enough to have my own portfolio reviewed one-to-one by Amina, and another one of the Design Directors interviewed in the book – and it’s because of this great feedback and advice I received that I’m able to pass that on at these events in the summer. So, head down in July and I’ll see you there! Good luck.