The Design Council has begun a national hunt to find the architects and designers of the future as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations
Designers from any background can apply for the Ones to Watch accolade whether they are up-and-coming architects, students or product designers.
The competition is focusing on ‘innovation, ambition and vision’ in design while entrants have also been asked to ‘display their potential to the creative economy’ to build on the UK’s reputation as a global hub for the creative industries.
Winners will be included in a digital showcase profiled over the course of Design Council’s 70th anniversary celebrations.
The victors who are under 30 will be put forward for inclusion on the Design Council’s youth sounding board, which will be launched in 2015, ‘to improve links and keep contact with a cross-section of emerging talent’.
The Design Council’s chief executive John Mathers said: ‘For us, turning 70 isn’t about looking back at our history; it’s about looking forward to the next 70 years and what they will mean for design.
‘That starts with emerging talent. Design Council’s Ones to Watch will put a spotlight on the UKs most visionary new designers while revealing what’s next for design in the UK and beyond.’
Scouting starts on 26 June at New Designers, the show for emerging designers, at the Business Design Centre in London. Harriet Vine, founder of Tatty Devine will be there helping Design Council choose its Ones to Watch. Other collaborators include the RSA, Creative Conscience Awards, RIBA, Landscape Institute and Young Urbanists.
Those eligible include school students studying design from 14-years and above, college students studying design, university graduates from within the past three years or those who are self-trained or new to design, as long as their project is less than three years old.
The deadline for applications is 1 October.