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Talent of the Future competition – Who wins? You Decide

March 27, 2013 |

Three finalists were announced from Nimlok’s Talent of the Future competition – the winner was judged via a public vote via a poll found on this blog.

Our finalists, James Thomas, Maria Cristina Rech and Jagrut Mistry, were shortlisted as by a judging panel of industry and creative experts.

The prestigious prize includes L250 and three months of valuable work experience at Nimlok.

Voting has now closed. The winner will be announced shortly.

The competition

The Talent of the Future winner will work within our award winning design department and be involved with a wide number of 3D design projects, working with some leading brands. The winner will also learn how our 3D architecture can work in tandem with our on-stand digital engagement tools, including interactive displays and digital content, to present a holistic approach to stand design.

To enter, students were asked to choose one or more of three design briefs based on a number of exhibition and display scenarios.

James, Maria and Jagrut entered the competition using the same creative brief, but have all designed unique display stands. This shows just how much breadth there really is when following a brief!

The question now, is who do you think should win? Use the voting poll on this blog to cast your vote after reading the brief and seeing the designs below.

The Brief:

For more than 40 years, Nimlok has been at the forefront of forward thinking exhibition stand design. The company is recognised as an industry leader, providing creative and innovative design solutions as part of its modular stand architecture. Nimlok understands its client’s objectives and brand aspirations, creating eye catching and interactive displays.

Exhibition Stand Objectives: Nimlok requires a new exhibition stand to promote its different types of stands and displays, including its hire options. It should also showcase a portfolio of stand designs.

As Nimlok also offers an in-house graphic design service and AV content, the stand needs to feature interactive displays, a digital game station and a digital ‘consultation zone’ where visitors can come and interact live with a designer.

James Thomas

James ThomasJames, from University of Lincoln, told us that he entered the talent of the future competition “as it would give me the opportunity to demonstrate my design approach which has developed over the last three years of my course, along with encouraging others to take advantage of competitions such as this.”

“Winning this competition would be a great achievement to present on my CV in a few months time once I graduate along with the chance to experience a professional studio environment first hand.”

James Thomas Exhibition Stand Design Talent of Future


Maria Cristina Rech

Maria Cristina RechMaria, from London Metropolitan University entered the competition to improve her knowledge in different sectors. She told us that “Personally, I think the value of competing is not to “win” but to encourage people to try their hardest, and that’s what I’m trying to give through my design, my knowledge and my potentiality. ”

Maria entered the competition to “Be the best that I can be. It’s ridiculously hard to be the best at something, and almost a game of luck. ”

Maria Christina Rech Exhibition Stand Design


Jagrut Mistry

Jagrut MistryJagrut, from Loughborough University told us that “The opportunity to develop my creative understanding and experience within Nimlok’s design department is an exciting prospect that motivates me to grow as a designer with a multidisciplinary approach, much of my design has been inspired by the Nimlok branding and has been developed to improve upon the existing range.”

“I believe my focus on creating an immersive yet engaging environment stands out from the existing stands seen elsewhere where I embrace unique aesthetics and user centred design principles. Winning this competition will provide a platform for me to learn more about the design process in a creative environment and will allow me to express my ideas professionally.”

Jagrut Mistry exhibition stand design















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