GES recently hosted a New Designers competition, with the winner being awarded a full-time job at the company.
The event was held at the London Design Centre and saw a number of design graduates take part. Anika Chowdhury was elected as winner, and will take on a junior designer position in the company’s Sheffield office.
The 21-year-old Coventry University graduate designed a ‘Creative Coworking Economy’ - a hybrid co-working hub which brings art and design graduates together from diverse industries and cultures to collaborate and network with professionals in the design industry.
The hub includes professional art studios, work hubs with different privacy levels, open plan co-working spaces and meeting rooms.
Mark Sykes, executive creative director at GES and head judge of the award, explained: “Amazing is the word I would use to describe the quality of design graduates at New Designers this year. Anika not only demonstrated exceptional design skills, comprehensive understanding of the design process but also a passion and enthusiasm that was contagious, a well-deserved winner.
“Our industry is constantly changing and evolving, New Designers graduates bring a breath of fresh air and energy to our growing business.”
Chowdhury added: “Winning such a prestigious award at New Designers is my proudest achievement to date. I have made my lecturers, family and Coventry University proud all thanks to the lovely team at GES who chose me for the award out of 3,000 talented graduates. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my lecturers and their constant support. Hard work really does pay off!
“I’m super excited to contribute to the exhibitions industry when I start the job. I couldn’t think of a better company to work for and develop as a designer. I hope to be a great employee for GES and give back to the company for all the recognition they have given me.”