New talent 2017: Best graduates from London's top colleges

Ruth Gardiner

  • University: Kingston University
  • Course: BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • Project: Londependence

When a petition to make London independent gained over 180,000 signatures, Ruth Gardiner set out to explore what that could look like. Gardiner was initially excited about the idea, but changed her mind after looking at how the East-West divide affected German design. “The project aims to show people how important it is to stick together,” she says.

Lauren Doherty 

  • University: Kingston University
  • Course: BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • Project: Skill Stickers

Designed to “break the boundaries put up by laptop screens” in shared workspaces, Skill Stickers encourage communication by indicating a willingness to collaborate. Each of Lauren Doherty’s designs represents a skill: lecturing, photography, art direction, typography, writing, coding, film, making, and fashion.

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Nick Carson

Nick is a content strategist and copywriter. He has worked with world-class agencies including Superunion, Wolff Olins and Vault49 on brand storytelling, tone of voice and verbal strategy for global brands such as Virgin, Pepsi and TikTok. Nick launched the Brand Impact Awards in 2013 while editor of Computer Arts, and remains chair of judges. He's written for Creative Bloq on design and branding matters since the site's launch.