The COVID-19Illustration, Renegade choreographyonTikTok, the Impossible Vegan Burgerand a clean water sanitationproject with Jaden Smith: Design Museum announces Beazley Designs of the Year nominees

The Design Museum announces 74 nominees for the thirteenth annualexhibition and awards -revealing the mostgame-changingdesignsof thelast yearNominees include 15-year-old Jalaiah Harmon, creator of online dance sensation Renegade, a set of plasters suitable for arange of skin tones by Nuditone,digital AI influencer Lil Miquela, the set design for award-winning film Parasite, TheUncensored Library inMinecraftand a low-cost modular school that can be built and dismantled in a few hoursHealth and sanitisation are major themes in this year’s awards, as seen in theWater Box Mobile Filtration Systemsupported by Jaden Smith, the LeishenshanHospital constructed in Wuhan by 10000 workers in 10 days,the world’s first reusable cotton swab and a self-sanitising door handle.

Opening on Wednesday October 21, 2020, the Design Museum in London announces thethirteenth edition of Beazley Designs of theYear. The annual exhibition and awards features 74 nominations across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. Nominatedby a panel of distinguished international designers, curators, critics and the general public,the awards showcase the most impactful products and concepts from designers around the world.Displayed through sketches, models, prototypes, videos and photography, visitors will be guided through the nominations chronologically via a timeline of 2019offeringa snapshot of the worldthrough the lens of design.Visitors will uncover how designers are using technology to challenge prejudice and censorship in the digital category, from a virtual open library created in Minecraftto bypass censorshipin oppressive regimes, to video installation ‘US & THEM’ dissecting Asian stereotypes in pop culture. Get to know Lil Miquela, a computer-generated social media influencer with over 5 million followers; listen to the haunting multi-layered soundscape of award-winning TV drama series Chernobyl, and try out the viral 15-second ‘Renegade’ dance performance by Jalaiah Harmon, which dominated the TikTok platform in September 2019.

Witness the social media sensation ‘The Balloon Dress’ as presented by Nordic designer Fredrik Tjærandsen for his graduate catwalk alongside a set of 80 videos known as the Sari Series developed and shared online by Border&Fall to shift perceptions of the traditional garment. A suitcase designed solely from second-hand shoes is also nominated in the fashion category along with a pair ofCatwalk Superstars by Helen Kirkum andBethany WilliamsandPhoebe English’s Nothing New collection.

Featuring leaps in scientific design with the first AI-designed living organism, the Xenobot,and the ‘Ooho’ plastic-free edible hydration capsules,the product category highlights leading designs to combat growing waste streams in homes and industries globally. Nominations include a home-compostable bioplastic that can be safely consumed by wildlife; non-hazardous circuit chipboard that dissolves in hot water; the air pollution-reducing ‘Förändring’ homeware collection by IKEA, Nike’s Zoom running trainerand ‘DO Black’, the world’s first carbon-conscious credit card.

Explore how architects around the world have rapidly responded to complex social and environmental conditions. From an experimental low-income housing project in Mexico in line with the country’s nine climactic zonesand the ‘ModSkool’ in India built to be easily dismantled following forced farmland evictions; to the Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China, which alerted the world to the imminent threat of COVID-19, constructed in only twelve days by 10000 workers. The architecture category also features the set design for Oscar-winning South Korean film Parasiteby Lee Ha Jun, where events unfold in two housesspeciallydesigned for the film.

See how gender bias in female diagnosis for heart conditions was visualised with teams at MIT and Harvard as part of this year’s graphics nominations. From the first ever memorial created for a deceased glacier inIceland to the ‘Bleached Coral’ project, a critical response to Pantone’s choice of colour of the year ‘Living Coral’–discover how illustration, typography and graphics have been used to raise awareness of the devastating effects of climate change. Also included in the graphicscategory are 20 posters fortheTokyo 2020Olympic and Paralympicgames, including‘Wild Things Hachilympic’by Tomoko Knonike and the3D rendering of SARS-CoV-2 (known as COVID19)created by the US health organisation Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention to help raise public awareness of the oncoming pandemic.

From new forms of connection to bringing movement to a standstill, the transport section includes non-conventional innovations such as the brick arches developedby pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kongto slow down police vehicles, a destination see-sawto promote connection between communitiesatthe border between the US and Mexico known as the‘Teeter-totter ’ and a smart bus stop in Sweden, where the use light and sound alerts travellers to the next bus.A winner will be selected in each category and oneoverall winner will be announced on Thursday 26 November 2020.Previous winners haveincluded Anatomy of an AI System by Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler, Forensic Architecture for their Counter Investigations Exhibition, Sir David Adjaye OBE for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in WashingtonD.C, London 2012 Olympic Torch by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and Human Organs-on-Chips by Donald Ingber.

The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary architecture and design. Its work encompasses all elements of design, including fashion, product and graphic design. Since it opened its doors in 1989 the museum has displayed everything from an AK-47 to high heels designed by Christian Louboutin. It has staged over 100 exhibitions, welcomed over sevenmillion visitors since November2016 and showcased the work of some of the world’s most celebrated designers and architects including Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray andDieter Rams. On 24 November 2016, The Design Museum relocated to Kensington, west London. Leading architect John Pawson converted the interior of a 1960s modernist building to create a new home for the Design Museum giving it three times more space in which to show a wider range of exhibitions and significantly extend its learning programmes. 

Beazley is proud to partner with the Design Museum and to support the Beazley Designs of the Year.