Design Museum’s Beazley Designs of the Year 2018 nominees revealed

The award and exhibition, which is now in its 11th year, celebrates the best in design across graphics, products, transport, digital, architecture and fashion.

Trash Isles campaign, by LadBible and the Plastic Oceans Foundation

The Design Museum has announced the nominees of this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year competition, which sees 87 shortlisted projects across six categories.

The Beazley Designs of the Year award is now in its 11th year and is accompanied by an exhibition showcasing all the nominated designs, which has now opened at the Design Museum.

Seven winners

Categories include fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design. The winner of each category, and an overall winner, will be announced in November.

This year’s graphics nominees include LadBible’s Trash Isles campaign, which looks to raise awareness of plastic waste by calling on the United Nations (UN) to recognise a giant, floating pile of rubbish officially as an island.

Algae Lab, which explores how algae could be used to replace non-biodegradable plastics, and a self-healing superficial skin to enable those with prosthetic limbs to experience touch, both make it into the product category.

The transport section includes the Virgin Hyperloop One, a proposed high-speed bullet train, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

Architectural nominations include the Louvre Abu Dhabi, by French architect Jean Nouvel, and the Qatar National Library, by OMA, while fashion entries include Nike’s Nigeria National Football Team kit. Digital nominations include Sony’s robotic dog Aibo, and a digital animation from the European Space Agency visualising the dangers of debris to spacecrafts.

David Adjaye and IKEA previous award recipients

Previous notable winners include David Adjaye’s design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, IKEA’s Better Shelter for refugees, and the design of the UK Government website, by the Government Digital Service (GDS).

There will be seven winners, with one taken from each category and one overall winner, which will be announced on 15 November 2018.

The Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition runs at Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG from 12 September 2018 – 6 January 2019. Tickets cost £12 or £9.50 for concessions. For more information, head here.

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