ArtsThread is a global site that publishes the portfolio of emerging creative talent as they graduate. UK fashion authority Alex Brownless and his partners have created relationships with many of the leading design schools around the world so that when their students graduate there’s a place for potential employers to go to find fashion, arts and design talent.
Since its launch in 2008, ArtsThread have partnered with over 100 colleges in 15 countries including Royal College of Art, the Academy of Art – San Francisco, Glasgow School of Art, Whitehouse-Sydney & Melbourne and Pearl Academy-Delhi. ArtsThread is free for all design graduates: the graduate uploads their portfolio and they get their own individual URL & QR code. This video explains the service further:
The creative industry can then browse through the portfolios and hire for free. Some of the companies that have contacted graduates on their website include Nike, Gucci, Razorfish, Philips, Nokia, Lego, Nissan, Puma, VF Corporation, Abercrombie & Fitch, Burberry, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle.
Currently ArtsThread have just over 3,000 design graduates on our website but they imagine this figure will increase to 5,000 by September as the students graduate. Brownless hopes that in the next 12 months the number of students signed up increase to 10,000 members.
PSFK asked Brownless to explain the benefit to businesses. He told us:
A very user friendly search facility which means an employer can find exactly what they are looking for in just a few clicks. They can search by specialism, school & location. For example. you could be looking for a mens fully fashioned knitwear designer from Nottingham Trent University. An employer can contact the graduate directly and hire.