The 76 nominees for this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year awards have been announced, with activist projects and work tackling inequality in creative ways being honoured for their interdisciplinary impact.
Nominated in the Graphic category, Mona Chalabi’s project Who Are You Here To See? visualises data on the demographics of artists featured in a US museum collection, which is 75% white males. Mold magazine by LinYee Yuan explores the future of food and how designers are addressing food crises. Notamuse, a book by Silva Baum, Claudia Scheer and Lea Sievertsen profiles female graphic designers in Europe.
Pentagram’s Sascha Lobe was nominated for the pictogram signage designed with L2M3 for David Chipperfield’s Amorepacific HQ; while activists Led By Donkeys were selected for their work blowing up statements made by politicians about Brexit to billboard size.
It’s Nice That’s own Will Knight even got a mention for his involvement in the UK Student Climate Network protest, designing placards along with Harry Butt, Indiana Lawrence, Lena Manger and Axel Lagerborg for Play Nice and ILoveYou Agency.
In the digital category, nominees include Playdeo’s Avo, a game starring an AR avocado; Meet Q: The First Genderless Voice, the first gender-neutral voice technology; and Olio, the food sharing app. Alterego by MIT Media Lab was also selected, for its wearable neural interface that allows humans to command a virtual assistant by articulating words through thought.
In fashion, Ji Won Choi’s Adidas collaboration, Becca McCharen-Tran’s Climatic swimwear collection for all body shapes, vegan flip flops by Mats Rombaut, and costume designs for The Favourite were shortlisted.
Meanwhile in the product category, ThisAbles, a hack to make Ikea furniture accessible, was selected alongside Nendo’s denqul, a battery pack that charges when shaken; a hands-free breast pump by Elvie; and a so-called “plastic made of plants” called Nuatan, an oil-free bioplastic that is biodegradable in industrial compost.
Beazley Designs of the Year will be on display at the Design Museum, London from 11 September 2019 – 9 February 2020. See the full list of nominees here.
- Izabela Jurcewicz uses her camera to become both a surgeon and a patient
- XYZ Lab designs a removable and “grotesque” fifth issue for Rouge Fashion Book
- Relive the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer through Summer of Something Special
- Intimate, safe and romantic: Ekaterina Popova paints the interiors of her friend’s bedrooms
- Alfie Dwyer on creating game-like worlds and moulding tangible films like “putty”
- Through playful forms, Bára Růžičková tackles the rigid structure of the design industry
- Facebook rebrands to distinguish the company from the app
- Jack Kenyon photographs the wondrous spectacle of the Supreme Cat Show
- &Walsh designs Zooba's identity inspired by the busy streets of Cairo
- A book chronicling tiny, bizarre treasures curated by Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf
- Find hidden squares and experimental inktraps in Fatih Hardal's FH Giselle
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