Rising Stars Supplement

Rising Stars

Design talent can be uncovered in many ways, attending student awards or trailing degree shows being among the recognised routes to tracking rising stars. Speaking to those who are in regular contact with emerging talents, and whose job it is to keep tabs, is another.

Craig Oldham

Graphics – Craig Oldham

‘Graphic design alone isn’t interesting,’ says Craig Oldham. ‘You can only talk about type, colour, format and production for so long. What makes graphic design interesting is what you communicate by using it, which changes with every single job.’ This statement belies a self-confessed graphic design and type geek. Perusal of his personal website attests […]

Andrew Fice

Graphics – Andrew Fice

A passion for typography and street art inspired Andrew Fice to study graphic design. Currently working for Parker Williams Design, he still finds ways of taking something from the art form that makes him creative. ‘I love the freedom of scale and different style of graffiti and the random places you find such work,’ says […]

Naomi Atkinson

Interaction – Naomi Atkinson

Naomi Atkinson knew from an early age that she’d end up in ‘some sort of design role’. She loved art and technology, but it was only at A-level stage, ‘when I entered into the world of Corel Draw 5’, that she realised just how much opportunity there was in digital. Embarking on a BA in […]

Juan Carlos Ospina Gonzalez

Interaction – Juan Carlos Ospina Gonzalez

In the future, Juan Carlos Ospina Gonzalez wants to learn ways in which he can apply his skills beyond the Internet – he wants to ‘break out of the browser and maybe build a physical machine’. But at the moment, he is earning his crust with mostly Web-based toys and projects. His main focus is […]

Interaction – Ann Poochareon and Mark Argo

‘Making interesting stuff with technology’ is what Ann Poochareon and Mark Argo do nowadays. The husband-and-wife duo find it difficult to convey their exact metier. ‘Most people can’t usually wrap their heads around it’, says Poochareon – so they let their projects do the talking. Those range from mobile applications or custom electronics to museum […]

Alon Meron

Product – Alon Meron

‘I take most of my inspirations from little things that are available to all of us in life,’ says Alon Meron, who sees his move into design as a natural continuation of his childhood habit of making his own toys and games. ‘The way a ball gets jammed in the crotch between two tree branches, […]

Dominic Hargreaves

Product – Dominic Hargreaves

Dominic Hargreaves has been making his fair share of headlines this summer, as his Royal College of Art graduation products attracted interest from consumer press and industry alike. His Folder bicycle and iQ bike locks are eye-catching projects, balancing function and style. Taking advantage of the momentum, Hargreaves is working for Priestman Goode and in […]

Max Frommeld

Product – Max Frommeld

‘I can’t wait,’ says Max Frommeld, who has just embarked on the Royal College of Art’s Design Products course. The prospect of two years to work on his own projects and develop his ideas about design clearly excites the German designer, who spent the past year at German furniture company Nils Holger Moormann.The Moormann tenure […]

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Interiors – Valeria Hedman

Becoming a creative director was always the plan for Valeria Hedman. At age seven she designed business cards bearing that title, her father told her. Today, Hedman is director of her own consultancy, Transfer Studio, which she set up in 2006 with her then fellow student Falko Grentrup. Originally working in Web design for a […]

Michael Witten

Interiors – Michael Witten

It was the problem-solving aspect of design, rather than his love of art, that drew Michael Witten to his profession. He wanted to be a graphic designer, but a work placement put paid to that. ‘I was so unbelievably bored after three days of watching people make amendments to lawnmower packaging that I decided it […]

Ruth Milne

Interiors – Ruth Milne

Ruth Milne’s experience is the perfect recipe for a spatial designer. After studying interior design at Middlesex University, she was hired by architect Hawkins Brown, before moving to the 3D design department at Exposure Design. The Hawkins Brown experience was crucial in developing and refining her architectural drawing ability, broadening her client management experience and […]

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