Solving talent problems in an agency context.

The Design Class has risen and with this rise, an increased demand for job-ready talent. Companies are clamouring for mid-weight and senior people whilst talented, eager juniors are often left without a platform to show what they're made of.

Mentorship, as important and wonderful as it is, often lacks real power in a commercial context where the realities of life can deter experienced seniors from mentoring recently finished students. 

Velvet Onion is bridging the gap between Design school and the industry by creating a new mentoring model where everyone wins; students get to work on real, paid projects under the paid supervision of experienced, passionate mentors.


STUDENTS, grow forth

Talented Service Design, UX Design and UI Design students. You're caught in a Catch 22 scenario: needing experience to get more experience and become noticed.


STARTUPS, accelerate

Emerging startups. You've bootstrapped, you've received seed investment and you're gaining traction. Now you're looking for help to drive your acceleration.



Companies. You're expanding your in-house Design teams. You want to nurture talent in a low risk/low cost way. Come along, work with and nurture emerging talent.


This model isn't for everyone; we're working with the best to nurture the very best. If you're a recently finished student looking for invaluable experience or a professional looking to mentor, please complete this application form.