Hot 50 Supplement

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Hot 50: YOUNG CREATIVE NETWORK

The Young Creative Network may not be well known, but there is no denying the work it has done in promoting and encouraging new design talent. It was founded in 2001 as an annual awards programme for emerging creative practitioners. The awards have since gone from strength to strength, culminating each year with a summer […]

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Hot 50: WIRED SUSSEX

Regional networks have grown in stature in the creative industries in recent years. Most, such as the Cornwall Design Forum, the South Coast Design Forum and Bristol Media are fairly broad-based, reflecting the interests of the local creative community. Wired Sussex is more specific, though, with a particular bent towards interaction design in all its […]

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Hot 50: VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

The Victoria & Albert Museum and the London Design Festival forged a valuable partnership to celebrate design in the museum that is perceived to be the cradle of creativity past and present. The 2009 festival, held last September, was hailed as a success, proving that creativity can transcend tough economic times. The LDF took over […]

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Hot 50: TWENTY-SIX

Writers group 26 – named to represent the 26 letters of the alphabet – has long been active in design. It has been a regular contributor to the London Design Festival, with collaborations between its writer members and designers, and has produced a couple of books. But its venture last year with its global equivalent […]

Hot 50: SUSTAIN OUR NATION

News of the impending closure of the Audi Design Foundation came as a shock to many in the design community. The UK-based charitable trust set up by the car company in 1997 has granted more than £1m in its 12- year life to support design innovation, focusing particularly on schools and colleges on the one […]

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Hot 50: THE SORRELL FOUNDATION

The charity set up by Sir John and Lady Frances Sorrell (pictured) has made it into the Hot 50 before. Its work with schools and colleges through the Joined Up Design for Schools initiative is exemplary and it has engaged schools in crime-related issues, staging a presentation by students at the Home Office to the […]

Hot 50: SOMERSET HOUSE

Since she took over as director in 2005 Gwyn Miles has achieved great things at Somerset House, without Government support, which has put her and the central London venue in the Hot 50 before. Popular events at Somerset House include ice-skating, open-air concerts and film showings. But its role in promoting design has been growing, […]

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Hot 50: SELFRIDGES

Last year was fortuitous for the iconic 109 Pantone yellow, as Selfridges celebrated its centenary year on the 15 March. Throughout the year collaborations took place with an array of designers, including Giles Deacon’s made-to-order striking dress and Marc Jacobs’ yellow makeover of the Stam bag. The store’s 100th birthday exploded on to London’s Oxford […]

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Hot 50: SELF-PUBLISHING

Self-publishing came into vogue in 2009 with authors motivated by their own creativity. This has prompted some authors to look beyond the page and explore digital platforms to broaden their books’ appeal. For example, designer, broadcaster and writer Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook of Spin collaborated to form the publishing company Unit Editions, which launched […]

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Hot 50: ANDREW RITCHIE

Andrew Ritchie, designer of the iconic Brompton folding bicycle, has made this year’s Hot 50 after a triumphant 2009. Last October Ritchie received the Prince Philip Designers Prize, an accolade awarded annually to recognise a lifetime’s contribution to design, from HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. The prize, which celebrated its 50th year […]

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Hot 50: RAPHA

While Rapha is not a 2009 phenomenon, the Hot 50 selectors felt that each year its story keeps getting better. The name may be unfamiliar to some, but for bike fanatics this niche brand is the Prada of the cycling world. Cycling enthusiasts Simon Mottram and Luke Scheybeler set up Rapha three years ago with […]

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Hot 50: DIETER RAMS

Ask designers as diverse as Sir Terence Conran and the graphics trio at Bibliothèque which designers inspire them most and you will find German legend Dieter Rams towards the top of the list. His strippeddown minimalism appeals to many, and his prolific career has created domestic products that have touched the lives of lots of […]

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