The category winners for this year’s Designs of the Year have been announced, including a nod to one of our favourite projects, Marcel’s Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables campaign, which scooped the graphics category nomination. The campaign was nominated by our very own Alex Bec, and was created to champion the beauty within misshapen fruits and vegetables, which are sold at Intermarché for 30% cheaper than their more traditional-looking counterparts. The overall Design of the Year from the six category winners will be announced June, and all are on display at the exhibition alongside the other nominations (read our thoughts on it here) until 31 March 2016.
Digital – Boyan Slat, Jan de Sonneville PhD and Erwin Zwart: The Ocean Cleanup
This crowd-funded project develops ways to efficiently remove plastic pollution from aquatic ecosystems on a large scale.
Architecture – Elemental : UC Innovation Center – Anacleto Angelini
This university building in Santiago was designed to create “the right environment for knowledge-creation.”
Transport – YooJung Ahn, Jared Gross and Philipp Haban: Google self-driving car
A car that drives itself! No wheels, no pedals, just a button.
Product – Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh: Human organs-on-chips
These little chips were developed by Harvard University students and use living human cells that mimic the complex tissue structures and functions of entire organs, aiming to help advance the creation of personalised medicines and aid drug discovery with lower development costs.
Fashion –Thomas Tait: Thomas Tait AW13/14
The Central St Martins graduate’s designs were chosen for their demonstration of technical skills and aesthetics, showing combinations of colour, cut and materials “with vision and confidence,” according to the Design Museum.
- Hick Duarte uses his camera to document the plurality of Brazilian youth culture
- Fhuiae Kim explores “the third language” in her calming graphic design works
- Folch designs a typeface embodying the “energetic universe” of acid house
- Illustrator Michael McGregor turns the mundane into something extraordinary
- All together now: Pascale Claude compiles a visual history of the beloved footie record
- “Part-animal, part-household object”: Frédérique Rusch on her wonderfully cryptic illustrations
- “We want to challenge and disturb the audience”: meet graphic design studio Alliage
- Matt Willey leaves The New York Times Magazine and joins Pentagram
- Ikki Kobayashi’s new series investigates the tension between shapes and negative space
- “Perfectly beautiful things don’t attract me”: Heesun Seo on her nontraditional practice
- The Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 makes a statement about peace and communication
- Moleskine’s digital notebook and a visual inventory of Earth win Apple's Apps of the Year