2014 – the year in design

A lighthearted look back on the biggest stories, best images and most enlightening quotes from the past year.

Our most-read stories of the year


1. Waitrose has worked with seven-year-old Harry Deverill on the redesign of its own-brand brown sauce packaging.


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2. Design Bridge creative director Asa Cook presents the top ten mistakes designers make. (And by designers, he means himself…)


3. Fast-food restaurant chain KFC has launched a radical and rather unexpected new design concept, which it says represents “the future of interior design for KFC”.

Our most popular Tweet of the year

Some of our favourite Tweets of the year

Image of the year

Tube Map

We’re wholly in favour of Rachel Whiteread’s holey Tube map cover

Quote of the year

‘A student once copied a design of mine verbatim. Every single word barring the name (which they naturally changed to theirs) was set exactly as it was in the original piece. Same typeface, colours, the lot. Best thing was they came to see me for feedback on it.’ Craig Oldham was one of several designers who shared their stories about being ripped off.

Our favourite website of the year


Synesthetic website Patatap lets you create musical sounds and colourful animations with your keyboard. Lovely.

And our favourite rebrand pitch of the year

Perfect Curve takes on the BBC logo (from comedy series W1A). Comin ’Atcha!

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