Design Museum’s Beazley Designs of the Year 2018 nominees revealed

The award and exhibition, which is now in its 11th year, celebrates the best in design across graphics, products, transport, digital, architecture and fashion.

Trash Isles campaign, by LadBible and the Plastic Oceans Foundation

The Design Museum has announced the nominees of this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year competition, which sees 87 shortlisted projects across six categories.

The Beazley Designs of the Year award is now in its 11th year and is accompanied by an exhibition showcasing all the nominated designs, which has now opened at the Design Museum.

Seven winners

Categories include fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design. The winner of each category, and an overall winner, will be announced in November.

This year’s graphics nominees include LadBible’s Trash Isles campaign, which looks to raise awareness of plastic waste by calling on the United Nations (UN) to recognise a giant, floating pile of rubbish officially as an island.

Algae Lab, which explores how algae could be used to replace non-biodegradable plastics, and a self-healing superficial skin to enable those with prosthetic limbs to experience touch, both make it into the product category.

The transport section includes the Virgin Hyperloop One, a proposed high-speed bullet train, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

Architectural nominations include the Louvre Abu Dhabi, by French architect Jean Nouvel, and the Qatar National Library, by OMA, while fashion entries include Nike’s Nigeria National Football Team kit. Digital nominations include Sony’s robotic dog Aibo, and a digital animation from the European Space Agency visualising the dangers of debris to spacecrafts.

David Adjaye and IKEA previous award recipients

Previous notable winners include David Adjaye’s design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, IKEA’s Better Shelter for refugees, and the design of the UK Government website, by the Government Digital Service (GDS).

There will be seven winners, with one taken from each category and one overall winner, which will be announced on 15 November 2018.

The Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition runs at Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG from 12 September 2018 – 6 January 2019. Tickets cost £12 or £9.50 for concessions. For more information, head here.

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  • Nick Corston September 13, 2018 at 8:21 am

    More great coverage for LDF from Design Week and a great write up on the Beazley Designs show at Creativity’s Cathedral – the Design Museum.

    But where is this talent going to come from in the future? Possibly a handful of lucky students from our independent schools

    As Design Week have reported, the arts and creative education are under pressure in our schools, with the BBC reporting 9/10 schools are cutting the arts and creative education.

    DT departments are being closed across the country and many feel the subject has been relegated to an academic theory test with little practical work required in exams.

    This is partly due to measures like the EBacc and parents who don’t see these as valid career pathways.

    Creative Community Enterprise STEAM Co. are delighted to be working with The London Design Festival by holding an evening of discussion, ideation and action to show how Creative People and Companies can #COLLABORATEforCREATIVITY.

    Speakers include Mark Earls (‘Malcolm Gladwell on Speed’ according to The Guardian – whatever that means), Pip Jamieson of The Dots Creative Network, Designer and Central St Martin’s Lecturer Rock Galpin, Co-founder of Scritti Politti and Creativity Keynoter, Tom Morley and Tristram Shepard who wrote the book on DT education (well 20 of them actually) and who laments the state of DT in UK schools.

    It’s 6-8pm Monday evening in Brick Lane and will be followed by a screening of Multi Award Winning Creative Education film ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ which features global commentators like Sir Ken Robinson and the bloke who was beaten at Chess by IBM’s Big Blue AI system.

    Free tickets and Info here:

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