Last Christmas in place of Christmas cards, we created a trend calendar for our clients. It showcased 12 of the 16 trends we’d forecast for 2012 in inspiring mini mood-boards, complete with a listing per month of the key trade shows, films, launches and events we thought were important for the year. We posted a short blog about it, and were then inundated with enquiries from our wider community asking where the calendars could be bought. We had more printed, took orders and payment for them using Paypal, and donated the profits to our favourite charity Josie’s Dragonfly.
Inspired by the success of our 2012 calendar, we wanted to do something a little bit different this year. As many of you will know, we are proudly based in the North East of England and work with many regional colleges and universities here on live projects, have had 18 local students on our internship programme, and have hired a graduate from a local university for two years running. We feel strongly about supporting our design community and make a conscious effort to help it thrive.
It is for this reason that we are putting our money where our mouth is and launching the Trend Bible Prizefund. We will be selling our 2013 trend calendar for £12 plus postage (cost per country calculated when order is placed) with all profits going to help fund a final major project for one elected student. Students graduating in 2013 in the fields of product design, interior design, fashion marketing, communications or textile design from any North East England higher education college or university may apply online by 31 January 2013, with the winner being announced early February. In addition to winning the Prizefund, the lucky winner will also be awarded a two week internship at Trend Bible HQ in Newcastle.
Applications for the 2013 Prizefund will be invited from end November 2012, subscribe to our blog to stay informed or see our announcements on Twitter.
For those wishing to place an order for our 2013 trend calendar, please email us with your order firstname.lastname@example.org payment is via PayPal or BACS only. A preview of our trend calendar is coming soon, watch this space!
If you too are interested in supporting the regional design community, please do buy a calendar from us. We believe in planting the seeds of success at this crucial stage of development for students, and look forward to supporting someone we truly believe embodies all that’s great about design talent in this region.