A wooden wheelchair, a clockwork radio and a CD cover made of vinyl are three of the designs which will go before the nation to be judged in the BBC Design Awards 1996.
The 46 entries on the original shortlist have been whittled down to 15 prior to each being shown on BBC2 and viewers invited to vote. All 15 will feature at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Gallery from 1 July in an exhibition which will be designed by Ben Kelly Design and Assorted Images.
The joint pitch from the two consultancies beat Graven Images and an in-house team from the BBC in a three-way paid creative pitch. Assorted Images managing director Kasper de Graaf is keeping design details under wraps, but does say the exhibition’s graphics will be on-screen only.
The product shortlist features the Mekong wheelchair designed by Simon Gue and Ian Harris for use in Cambodia and the Baygen Freeplay radio developed by inventor Trevor Baylis and designed by Andy Davey at TKO. Also shortlisted are Julian Brown’s Attila can crusher, the Eurostar train nose design by Jones Garrard’s Michael Rodber and Fisher Price’s digital camera for kids by Priestman Goode.
The graphics five are: the Association for the Prevention of Accidents identity by Duncan Moore at Green Moore Lowenhoff; the Cream Live CD cover by Rob Petrie at Dolphin; Disney Channel idents by Lambie-Nairn’s Jason Keeley; FFW – Flexible Food Wrap packs by Pethick & Money and Johnson Banks director Michael Johnson’s posters for the South Eastern Railway Company.
Architectural finalists are: Design Antenna and Dewhurst MacFarlane and Partners for the Broadfield Glass Pavilion in Dudley; Richard Rogers Partnership for Channel Four’s HQ; Bramante Architects for Chessington Citizens Advice Bureau; Techniquest and Ahrends Burton and Koralek for the Science Discovery Centre in Cardiff and David Marks Julia Barfield for the Watersports Activities Centre in Liverpool.
The awards will be shown on BBC2 at 7.30pm on 5, 12 and 19 June. The winners’ programme is scheduled to be shown on 8 July.