Beazley Designs of the Year

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DOUBLE O Designed by Paul Cocksedge Studio


INGLORIOUS FRUITS & VEGETABLES Designed by Marcel for Intermarché


MONUMENT VALLEY Designed by ustwogames


J.W. ANDERSON SS15 WOMEN’S CATWALK SHOW Designed by Jonathan Anderson with collection stylist Benjamin Bruno and milliner Noel Stewart for J.W. Anderson


WIRED CUSTOM TYPEFACE Designed by Sawdust (Typeface design) and Andrew Diprose (Art direction)

 (Photo by Gordon De Los Santos)
Photo by Gordon De Los Santos

GOOGLE SELF-DRIVING-CAR Designed by YooJung Ahn (Lead Industrial Designer), Jared Gross (Industrial Designer), Philipp Haban (Industrial Designer)




CURRENT TABLE Designed by Marjan Van Aubel in collaboration with Solaronix

 (Alexander Gowers)
Alexander Gowers

DESIGNING FOR THE SIXTH EXTINCTION Designed by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg Commissioned by Science Gallery, Dublin


‘GROW IT YOURSELF’ MUSHROOM® MATERIALS Designed by Eben Bayer (CEO), Gavin McIntyre (Chief Scientist), Gordon MacPherson (Project Manager), Danielle Trofe (Designer), Sam Harrington, Stephen Nock

The last David Bowie album cover, a robot surgeon and a drinkable book: all these and more are celebrated in the Design Museum’s annual Beazley Designs of the Year awards and accompanying exhibition. As the museum likes to boast, someday this stuff is going to be on display in other museums. We never miss this show. Every iteration turns up products that are life-saving, lovely to look at or just so clever you really, really wish they’d been your idea. It can feel like stumbling across the best garage sale ever: sometimes the sheer diversity of design on display makes your head spin, with entries invited from all over the world. 


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This is 9th year of the designs of the year awards. It contains about 70 nominations and they range from sheer genius to frankly weird. The eclecticism of the exhibition is wonderful; it has human organs on microchips, intelligent street-lighting, funky typefaces, beautiful buildings and driverless cars.

After viewing the exhibits you can vote for your favourite and the design with the most votes wins.

I enjoy this show every year and the only reason that it doesn't get the whole 5 stars is that at £13 per adult, it is not cheap. However, you do get a nice booklet explaining all the nominees and entry to the bicycle design show too (also very good!)

The photos are; challenging the notion of the souvenir and shock absorbers for wheelchairs.