Today, we’ve launched a national call for entries for Design Council’s Ones to Watch – our search for 70 great designers of the future to showcase as part of our 70th anniversary celebrations.

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. We hope that this selection of the UK’s visionary new designers will highlight what’s next for design in the UK and beyond.

We’re casting the net far and wide – inviting emerging designers from any level, any discipline, and any background to apply. We’re looking for work that shows bags of innovation, ambition, vision, and that has the potential to help build the UK's reputation as a world leader in design. 

The entry process is quick and easy and the deadline for entries is 1 October 2014.  A panel of design experts will select our 70 Ones to Watch which will be announced in November.

We’ll also be out and about proactively searching and scouting for Ones to Watch. Over the next few months we’re going to be at shows, awards, clubs and other creative hot-spots encouraging entries online and hand-picking a few stand out designers to automatically go through to the final 70. 

The winners will receive a Design Council Ones to Watch endorsement in the form of a swing-tag and digital stamp to attach to their portfolios, as well as a place in our digital showcase later in the year.

Find out more about Ones to Watch and fill out an entry form to enter the award.

Sign up to our newsletter

Receive news and event updates from Design Council.

Sign up

News & opinion

Design Council responds to Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan Chancellor Riski Sunak announced the next steps of the UK’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. In response Design Council’s Chief Executive, Sarah Weir OBE, said... Chancellor Riski Sunak announced the next steps of the UK’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

News — 25/09/2020

Sarah Weir OBE to step down as Design Council Chief Executive Sarah Weir OBE has announced that she will be stepping down as Chief Executive of Design Council after three and a half years at its helm, bringing to a close an illustrious career spanning 45 years. Her decision follows her diagnosis of a rare lung disease. Sarah Weir OBE has announced that she will be stepping down as Chief Executive of Design Council after three and a half years...

News — 17/09/2020

ReDesign Business: bringing the design industry and business together Launching at London Design Festival 2020, ReDesign Business is a pioneering digital programme exploring what design and business can learn from each other. Launching at London Design Festival 2020, ReDesign Business is a pioneering digital programme exploring what design and business can...

Feature — 03/09/2020

How 'isolation art' brought people closer to the places they love We have travelled over 173,000 miles, 134 days, 100 requests, over 20 countries (including the God’s own county of Yorkshire) and 72 cities. We’ve gone to 15 places of worship, 10 museums or galleries and 5 performance venues, We have travelled over 173,000 miles, 134 days, 100 requests, over 20 countries (including the God’s own county of Yorkshire) and 72 cities.

News — 12/08/2020

Design in the Public Sector Programme 2020 - APPLICATIONS OPEN Local councils in England will be considering innovative new ways to address the climate crisis, thanks to the latest Design in the Public Sector programme – run by Design Council and the Local Government Association – which opens to applicants today Local councils in England will be considering innovative new ways to address the climate crisis...

News — 10/08/2020

Design Council responds to proposed planning reforms ​The government has today announced a shake-up of a planning system to streamline processes, cut red tape and harness technology to deliver homes faster. Key elements of the reforms, outlined in the policy paper Planning For The Future will see... ​The government has today announced a shake-up of a planning system to streamline processes, cut red tape and harness technology to...

News — 06/08/2020

Resources