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Design Awards Nominees

The Design Museum in London has announced its world awards shortlist of outstanding design. Lucy Kale looks at the nominees.

The 10th anniversary of the awards sees a fluid and provocative mix of design that spans the worlds of political unrest and fashion brands alike. Opening 18 October, this year’s nominees include a hijab designed by Nike and a clothing line by Kanye West for his Life of Pablo tour, both included in the Fashion category.

Supported by specialist insurer Beazley, the exhibition and awards event comprises 62 nominations across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. Selected by a panel of distinguished international designers, curators and creatives, the awards showcase the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world today. Previous winners have included the 2012 Olympic Torch, the Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid and Human Organs-on-Chips, a micro-device lined with living human cells to mimic the complex tissue structures of the human body.

 

 

Zaha Hadid Architects nominated for Antwerp Port House

This time, the Digital category features Pokémon Go, the augmented reality mobile game, which was a global sensation in July 2016. The recently knighted Sir David Adjaye has been nominated in the Architecture category for his National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. DixonBaxi’s TV graphics design for the English Premier League, with an estimated viewer reach of 4.7 billion people worldwide, has also claimed a Digital nomination.
  
Strong trends for activism and protest see a nomination for Pussyhat, made and worn in protest of President Donald Trump’s sexist remarks. Wolfgang Tillmans’ Remain Campaign for the Brexit referendum also features as does  IC4Design’s Finding Her ad which highlights low levels of gender equality in Egyptian professions.

Elsewhere, nominations include the world’s first 3D printed self-driving bus, the Olympic refugee flag and Me & EU by Nathan and Sam Smith, a collection of postcards written and designed by UK-based creatives to be sent across to, and stay connected with, Europe. Better Shelter, a flat-packed refugee shelter created with IKEA, was named the Beazley Design of the Year in 2016 and this year has seen further designs that attempt to raise awareness and improve the lives of those impacted by global displacement. The Refugee Nation Flag for the Olympics designed for the first ever Olympic refugee team follows the theme.

The Architecture category features some of the most established practices in the world today including Zaha Hadid Architects for their Antwerp Port House, Serpentine Pavilion designer Francis Kéré for his Lycée Schorge Secondary School and OMA’s Il Fondaco Tedeschi development in Venice, Italy.
 
Graphic nominees include the new branding for Wales Nation Brand and the Protest Banner Lending Library, a space where people can gain skills to make their own banners.
 
The Product category includes the world’s first translating earpieceRemolten – a furniture line made from molten lava – and ink made from air pollution.
  
A winner will be selected in each category and one overall winner will be announced on 25 January 2018.

 
Beazley Designs of the Year will be on display from 18 October 2017 to 28 January 2018.
 

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