Brown wins Designer of the Year

Multimedia designer Daniel Brown (pictured) beat strong competition this week to scoop the Design Museum’s £25 000 Designer of the Year award.

Apple vice-president of industrial design Jonathan Ive, winner of last year’s inaugural prize for products such as the iMac and iPod MP3 presented the award, which is determined by a public vote and a four-strong panel of judges.

‘Brown’s work changes the way we look at and engage with digital imagery. It is technically innovative and emotionally engaging, but also gives us freedom in the way we experience it,’ says Ive.

Brown draws inspiration from nature to create interactive animations for the Web. He was nominated for his work on experimental website www.play-create.com and also www.showstudio.com, of which he is multimedia director.

Also in the running for the 2004 DOTY award were product designer Sam Buxton, lighting designer Paul Cocksedge and Adidas head of innovation Craig Johnston.

Nominated work will be exhibited at the Design Museum in London until 13 June.

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