The others

The Design Museum’s Designer of the Year has proven to be a controversial choice, but who would our panel of top design talent choose instead? Hannah Booth finds out

Charlie Mawer

(Executive creative director, BBC Broadcast)

Publisher – McSweeney’s Collective: ‘Dave Eggers and company have remained vibrant champions of original writing forged with excellent design.’

Ron Scalpello: ‘Director at Rogue Films. We worked together on BBC Radio Five Live, and he is destined for great things.’

Hugh Macleod: ‘Cartoonist at His drawings are simple and true, like all the best things in life.’

Charlie and Lola: ‘Watch out for this animation, out in the autumn from Tiger Aspect ( As someone who is becoming an expert on pre-school TV, this is a childrens’ series that will crack the stoniest of faces into a smile.’

Rachel Kelly

(Establishing her own consultancy, Interactive Wallpaper)

Kerr Noble: ‘For its gorgeous graphics, such as the work it created for the Design Museum’s Constance Spry exhibition last year.’

Tatty Devine: ‘Jewellery and accessories that are mini works of art, original and fun.’

Committee: ‘I’ve liked its work for ages – particularly the fold-down table with a sublime, still-life work of art behind it, and its Kebab lamp. It has an eye for beautiful colours.’

Electric Wig: ‘Really witty work: at last year’s 100% Design it showed a light switch with a shelf attached for your mug, and a bedside water glass that watered your plants.’

Sara Fanelli

(Illustrator and author)

Thomas Heatherwick: ‘Every project is full of curiosity, playfulness and excitement. And the results are consistently beautiful.’

Roger Thorp: ‘Publishing director, Tate. An inspiring catalogue with major publications, but still allowing space for smaller projects as well (for instance Vanishing Point – the perspective drawings of JMW Turner). And looking at children’s books with a refreshing, unpatronising and high-quality approach.’

Jonny Hannah: ‘For writing, illustrating and designing the outstanding book Hot Jazz Special. Endlessly rich spreads, full of life, playful type and rhythm.’

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