Pulse: Design Trade Show

William Branton, London College of Communication, BA Graphic & Media Design, 2014.
Damian Griffiths Photography

William Branton, London College of Communication, BA Graphic & Media Design, 2014.

Miyu Kurihara, Chelsea College of Arts, MA Textile Design, 2016
Damian Griffiths Photography

Miyu Kurihara, Chelsea College of Arts, MA Textile Design, 2016

The London Refinery, Lucy Heale, Central Saint Martins BA Product Design, 2007
Damian Griffiths Photography

The London Refinery, Lucy Heale, Central Saint Martins BA Product Design, 2007

Showcase and sell your work at Pulse 2018 (13-15 May at Olympia)

Pulse is an annual trade show for design-led gift and lifestyle products. The Launchpad area at Pulse showcases products by emerging design talent. UAL presents a group stand - made up of students and alumni - in the Launchpad area each year.

UAL students and alumni can apply for a highly discounted opportunity to showcase and sell their work directly to buyers and retailers on a UAL branded group stand, in the Launchpad area of Pulse.

Careers and Employability and Clarion Events offer this opportunity exclusively to UAL students and graduates to sell their work and expand their business contacts.
The show is open to trade only, and you'll be meeting and hopefully selling to major and independent retailers from all over Europe. You will not be selling stock directly from your space, but taking orders for products on display. 

The opportunity includes training and support for exhibitors in the lead up to the show.

Pulse is the only design-led London trade show during the summer season, with over 7,000 buyers in attendance.

This opportunity is open to all UAL students and alumni / graduates. Products exhibited can include:

  • Interior accessories
  • Soft furnishings
  • Lighting
  • Glass, ceramics, jewellery
  •  Fashion accessories
  •  Gifts
  •  Stationery
  •  Tabletop
  •  Greetings cards
  •  Frames, pictures, prints

I can’t recommend taking part in UAL’s group stand at Pulse highly enough. All of the details - from the designers chosen and the look of the event, down to the organisation – were really well thought out, which made it incredibly easy for us to be involved. 

Pablo Baque - Walk With Me


You must meet the following criteria to be eligible to exhibit as part of UAL’s group stand:

  • You must be a University of the Arts London student or alumnus (from any graduating year)
  • You must be present for the duration of the show, including set-up and break-down
  • You cannot have previously exhibited at Pulse.


The cost to exhibit as part of UAL's group stand at Pulse is £65 for current UAL students and £160 for UAL graduates/alumni. 

Costs cover: 

  • Space to exhibit your work (within the group stand)
  • Stand design and build
  • Individual promotional material
  • Promotion and marketing, including press release
  • Training events and support
  • Public liability insurance.

Professional development

As part of the preparation for Pulse exhibitors, Careers and Employability runs a programme of professional development sessions. Look out for these on our events listings page under Other Careers and Employability events. 

Apply by 19 February

To apply to be part of UAL's group stand at Pulse 2018:

As part of Careers and Employability's commitment to Widening Participation, funding is available to support applicants who come from a family where neither parent has been to University. 

To indicate eligibility for this funding, please tick the relevant box in the application form and you will be contacted with further information if you are selected for the show.

We actively encourage students from a Widening Participation and Black and Minority Ethnic Background to apply.

About Pulse

Pulse London is an annual UK summer trade show that brings together design-led product launches, contemporary brands and the smartest retail knowledge.

Launchpad is a collection of 120 new and talented British designer-makers and recent design graduates launching commercial businesses.