BBC launches design awards

The BBC yesterday launched its 1996 Design Awards. Pentagram partner Kenneth Grange, Lewis Moberly creative director Mary Lewis and architect Sir Michael Hopkins will lead the judges in creating shortlists.

As in 1994 when 95 000 votes were cast, the public will have the final say. Five entries will be shortlisted in each of the three categories – graphics, products, and architecture/environment.

The awards, supported by German car manufacturer Audi, will be launched on-screen on BBC2 this Monday. Closing date for entries is 22 March.

The BBC is holding a four-way paid creative pitch for its 1996 Annual Review. The incumbent, Merchant Corporate Design, is up against Addison, MPL and Pauffley PRL. BBC corporate head of design Tony Key says a decision will be made within a month.

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