ARTSTHREAD announces their judges for the Global Design Graduate Show -Open Call: i-D has partnered with Artsthread aka GDGS

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Global Design Graduate Show is an online global design competition,  so if you are a graduating student in any under or post-graduate art and design degree over the academic year 2019-2020 your normal year end show or exhibition has most likely been cancelled due to the current CODIV-19 situation. Fear not, Robin Hood has come to the rescue in the form of i-D and ARTTHREAD. ARTTHREAD”S new Creative Director Jens Laugesen decided to turn the negative narrative into a positive one by uniting the industry leaders and media to help showcase your creative work.

It’s ARTSTHREAD’s vision to unite global brands and industry leaders to support the next generation of creative talent in these challenging times through a media partnership with i-D magazine, bringing the competition to a global audience of art and design graduates. 

The competition is open to all students graduating in any under or postgraduate art & design degree in the academic year 2019-20. The winners will be showcased online this October. The shortlisted creatives will be judged and have their work featured on a new ARTSTHREAD digital platform,, allowing a global audience to see their submissions whilst voting for their favourites between August 15 and September 14.  

Fashion, Textiles, Accessories & Jewelry 

Alastair McKimm i-D / Allanna Mcaspurn / Anna la Germaine Fashion Politique / Anna Orsini British Fashion Council / Anna Sitnikova Solstudio / Anne Marie Curtis Elle / Anya Hindmarch / Becky Sunshine  / Branko Popovic Fashionclash / Brooke Roberts-Islam Techstyler / Christina Dean Redress Asia / Christine Centenera Wardrobe NYC / Daniel Reynolds / Diane Perret Asvoff / Doreen Adusei MBE Fashion Works 

Erin Mullaney / Feng Chen Wang / Fleet Bigwood / Francis Wong WGSN / Gayle Smith / Georgina Goodman / Ger Tierney Rapha / Heron Preston / Ida Petersson Browns / Jackie Andrews-Udall Clerici Tessuto / Jane Kellock USP / JB Jones NY Jewelry Week / Jonathan Cheung Levi’s / Jose Cabaco adidas

Katie Greenyer Pentland Group / Kristina Szasz s.Oliver /  Lee Holman Tommy Hilfiger / Lieta Marziali / Lutz Huelle  / Mamiko Hasegawa Adelaide Japan / Maria Olofsgård Jegéus COS / Mawi Keiwon MAWI / Neil Elliott Patternbank / Paul Vogel / Phil Dickinson Superdry / Rebekka Bay Marimekko 

Sam Reich Tibor Reich Textiles / Sara Maino Vogue Italia  / Sarah Angold / Saul Nash / Sonia Martin Everlane / Steven Smith Yeezy / Suzanna Vock Gwand Festival / Tamsin Blanchard / Yu Masui / Yvonne Ntiamoah The Board of Fashion Ghana / Zaid Affas 

Fine Art, Photography, Visual Communication, Film 

Ben Lavender DAZN / Chantelle Purcell Artist Hive Studios/Acrylicize / Dennis Elbers Graphic Matters / Ellie Pennick Guts Gallery / Fabien Riggall Secret Cinema & Future Shorts /Ged Equi Caffeine Partnership / Giles Price  / Iona Rowland / Julian Vogel Modus BPCM / Kate Mason The Big Draw / Luc Denicke Pictoplasma / Mark Westall Fad Magazine / Maxim Young Gorilla Editors / Nancy Spector Guggenheim Museum / Nengi Omuku  / Ninette Murk Designers Against Aids / Peter Manning Prefab77 / Sacha Hackel Hackelbury Fine Art / Sasha Vidakovic SV Design / Stephen Milner Avery Dennison 

Industrial, Product, Architecture, Interior, Spatial, Contemporary Craft, Service Design

Asif Khan / Ben Alun-Jones Unmade / Caroline Jackman Crafts Council / Dan Goode Making Goode / David Morris Design Exchange / Ewa Dominiak Service Design Fringe Festival / Fredrikson Stallard Studio / Jose dos Santos Signify/Philiips / Luca Putteman United Nations IOM / Mazbahul Islam Safewheel / Milan Dinevski Future Architecture / Neil Hubbard Heatherwick Studio / Nick Chubb IDC / Nigel Coates / Phil Dolman Studio db / Piyush Suri Handmade In Britain / Ravi Naidoo Design Indaba / Richard Elder Herman Miller / Rory Dodd Designersblock / Sebastian Conran Associates / Sophie Ashby Studio Ashby / Steve Lidbury Eight Inc / Stuart Constantine Core77 / Todd Bracher / Tom Dixon / Tom Meades Gomi 

The category award winners will be announced early October.

ARTSTHREAD is providing a global platform where you can showcase your graduate projects to an International audience .

“We’re truly honoured to partner with ARTSTHREAD on this initiative. Each year, the talent emerging from art schools around the world inspires fresh hope for the future of our creative industries. While current circumstances might not allow for graduate exhibitions and shows in their typical formats, it’s more important than ever that we use the resources at our disposal to share their work with the world.”

Alastair McKimm, Editor in Chief i-D

The shortlisted creatives will be judged and mentored by leading industry figures and featured on a distinctive innovative digital platform,


Free to apply and open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2019-20 – i.e. September 2019 to July 2020.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: July 31 2020 23.59 GMT


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#globaldesigngraduateshow – live from August 15 2020.


ARTSTHREAD was launched in 2008 as a physical magazine by trend researcher Katie Dominy to cover
and promote graduating creative talent, evolving into a digital online portfolio platform in 2010 by which time
Alex Brownless had joined Katie in this initiative. At the outbreak of covid-19 and foreseeing the need to embrace everything digital Fashion Designer and Advisor Jens Laugesen teamed up with the ARTSTHREAD team as creative director, and together they came up with the idea of launching the first ever global graduate design competition in partnership with i-D
magazine. ARTSTHREAD is today the world's leading digital platform for emerging artists & designers and a
launchpad for the next generation of creative talent. Over the last 10 years we have helped thousands of new creatives launch their own brands and gain employment worldwide and have built relationships with over 850 creative institutions linking us to over
300,000 students in approximately 100 countries. Arts Thread has partnered with brands and institutions to
help launch the next generation of creative talent globally, such as BBC Worldwide, Nasdaq, Urban Outfitters, Magis,, Levi’s and Nike, events such as Design Pavilion-Times Square, Milan Design Week, Premiere Vision, London Design Festival and organisations such as United Nations and Greenpeace.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.