Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition opens at Design Museum

The new Design Museum opened this month in London’s Kensington, and with it comes its annual exhibition celebrating the designs of the year.

© Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

The Design Museum has opened its 2017 exhibition showcasing the shortlisters of its annual Beazley Designs of the Year awards.

The exhibition includes over 70 nominations from all over the world, which are split over six categories – architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product and transport.

Nominees include the Tate Modern Switch House, designed by architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron, within the architecture category; the SH:24 online sexual health testing kit in digital; a drinkable book in product; Neville Brody, DBLG and 4Creative’s Channel 4 visual identity in graphics; the Children v Fashion campaign in fashion; and BeeLine, a digital compass for bikes, in transport.

Other nominees include HemingwayDesign’s Dreamland Margate theme park design, Jonathan Barnbrook’s album artwork for David Bowie’s final album Blackstar, and a pair of Adidas running shoes made using recycled ocean plastics.

The awards scheme aims to showcase design that “promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year”, says the Design Museum.

Head to the exhibition to see the 70 shortlisted designs. The winners will be announced in January 2017. To explore all of the nominees online and share your views on them, head to the Beazley Designs of the Year website.

The Beazley Designs of the Year exhibitions runs until 19 February 2017 at the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6AG. Entry is £10, or £7.50 concessions.

David Bowie Blackstar album artwork, by Jonathan Barnbrook © Luke Hayes
David Bowie Blackstar album artwork, by Jonathan Barnbrook © Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes
Dreamland Margate, by HemingwayDesign
Dreamland Margate, by HemingwayDesign
Channel 4 visual identity, by Neville Brody and 4Creative
Channel 4 visual identity, by Neville Brody and 4Creative
Adidas x Parley running shoe, by Adidas sustainability team, Adidas design team, Alexander Taylor, Parley for the Oceans and Sea Shepherd
Adidas x Parley running shoe, by Adidas sustainability team, Adidas design team, Alexander Taylor, Parley for the Oceans and Sea Shepherd

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