2017 marked the tenth anniversary of the Design Museum’s annual exhibition Designs of the Year. Starting in 2008, the exhibition acts as an annual review of the most innovative and thought-provoking projects and prototypes in contemporary design. To commemorate this moment, the Design Museum has released Designs of our Time: 10 Years of Designs of the Year, a publication detailing every nominee from the last ten years.
This international awards programme showcases design projects from the previous 12 months, across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Product, Graphics and Transport. Design experts, practitioners and academics from across the world are asked by the Design Museum to nominate potential projects each year, from which the museum selects over 70 designs for its major annual exhibition. A specially selected jury chooses a winner for each category and an overall winner.
A total of 840 innovative and era-defining designs from across the world, selected by 205 nominators, are featured in the book. Compiled together, the book presents an historic and future look at the development of the world through design. High profile projects including the bridal dress for the Duchess of Cambridge by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, the Apple iPhone, Google’s self-driving car, the London 2012 Olympic Torch and Pokémon GO feature alongside prototypes and digital revelations such as Harvard’s human organs-on-chips and 3D printed exoskeletons.
Designs of our Time: 10 Years of Designs of the Year is available from the Design Museum Shop priced at £25
The 2018 instalment of the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition is open at the Design Museum until 18 February 2018. Nominees include a hijab designed by Nike, a clothing line by Kanye West, the Olympic refugee flag and the Pussyhat.