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Designs of the Year 2015

Now in its eighth year, Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.

This year's winner

Microchips lined with human cells awarded Design of the Year 2015

Human Organs-on-Chips, designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, has won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award for 2015.

‘This winning design is a great example of how design is a collaborative practice embracing expertise and know how across disciplines. Its selection as Design of the Year 2015 also signifies a desire to recognise and award design that can significantly impact society now and in the future.’ - Gemma Curtin, Designs of the Year 2015 exhibition curator

Human Organs-on-Chips was nominated by Paola Antonelli, MoMA's Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and Director of R&D, who called the project ‘the epitome of design innovation – elegantly beautiful form, arresting concept and pioneering application.’

Design of the Year 2015

Human Organs-on-Chips

"Find out what the world's geniuses have been up to for the last 12 months." Time Out

Inside the Designs

Inside the Designs offers the visitor the opportunity to use the brand new Microsoft Lumia device and the specially designed app to access more information on each of the category winners, through photography, quotes and interviews with the jury as well the option to offer their own opinion on what makes a Design of the Year.

category winners

Architecture: UC Innovation Center

An open and eco-friendly university building

designed by elemental

Digital: The Ocean Cleanup

A campaign to rid the sea of plastic waste

Designed by Boyan Slat, Jan de Sonneville PhD and Erwin Zwart

Fashion: Thomas Tait AW13/14

A masterful display of colour, cut and technique

Designed by Thomas Tait

Graphics: Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables

A witty supermarket campaign to reduce food waste

Designed by Marcel for Intermarché

Product: Human Organs-on-Chips

A way to research drugs without testing on animals

Designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh

Transport: Google self-driving car

A prototype small car that drives itself

Designed by YooJung Ahn, Jared Gross and Philipp Haban

social vote

Designs of the Year 2015: Social Vote Winner

The 2015 Social Vote ran from 21 - 25 September to coincide with London Design Festival. The winner is Turn On by Joel Hoff for Wrong for Hay (formerly known as the Switch Light).

more information about turn on

76 nominees over 6 categories

Architecture

This category represents the fullest range of the build environment from small scale domestic to public parks.

UC Innovation Center

An open and eco-friendly university building

Designer: Elemental

Arena do Morro

A community sports centre for a Brazilian town

Designer: Herzog & de Meuron

Desert Courtyard House

A beautiful home made of desert soil

Designer: Wendell Burnette Architects

Foundation Louis Vuitton

An expressive new form for an art collection

Designer: Gehry Partners

Forfatterhuset Kindergarten

A welcoming brick-clad school for under 6-s

Designer: COBE

Garden School

A school with open spaces for nature built in

Designer: OPEN Architecture

House for Trees

A scheme bringing trees back to the city

Designer: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Long Museum West Bund

A modern museum from a coal-loading point

Designer: Atelier Deshaus

Markthal Rotterdam

An architectural rethink of the food market

Designer: MVRDV

One Central Park

A residential development with vertical gardens

Designer: Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Philharmonic Hall

A shimmering venue inspired by the city skyline

Designer: Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga

Sancaklar Mosque

A place of worship in a prairie setting

Designer: Emre Arolat Architects

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

A brick university centre on a complex London plot

Designer: O'Donnell + Tuomey

La Ultima Esperanza - The Last Hope

An architecture school for a fishing community

Designer: Al Borde

Waterbank Campus

A school campus that stores rain and builds peace

Designer: PITCHAfrica

Digital

A wide ranging category that includes projects that may touch on other categories but are included here because it is their digital dimension that makes them interesting.

The Ocean Cleanup

A campaign to rid the sea of plastic waste

Designer: Erwin Zwart with Boyan Slat and Jan de Sonneville

Disclosed

An app for mindful shopping

Designer: Marion Ferrec with Kate Wakely

MegaFaces

An interactive installation at the Winter Olympics

Designer: Asif Khan

Monument Valley

A beautifully crafted game for your iPad

Designer: Ken Wong with David Fernandez Huerte, Manesh and Van Le at ustwogames

No Man's Sky

A sci-fi game exploring an endless universe

Designer: Sean Murray at Hello Games

Of Instruments and Archetypes

A set of measuring tools for 3D modelling

Designer: Unfold with Penny Webb and Jesse Kirchner

The Refugee Project

An interactive map of the history of migration

Designer: Ekene Ijeoma and Hyperakt for UNHCR

Responsive Street Furniture

A bespoke digital aid for pedestrians

Designer: Ross Atkin and Jonathan Scott (Marshalls)

Shadowing

A streetlamp that plays with your shadow

Designer: Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier

The Walls Have Eyes

A visualisation of how our data is captured

Designer: BBC Research and Development for Mozilla Festival 2014

Fashion

Everything from student graduation shows to established fashion houses, this category includes the most important collections, accessories, fashion shows, exhibitions, films, costumes and individual pieces.

Thomas Tait AW13/14

A masterful display of colour, cut and technique

Designer: Thomas Tait

Archivist

A journal curated from a designer's archive

Founded by Jane Howard and Michael Harrison, edited by Dal Chodha. Photographs by Axel Hoedt

BACK SS15 collection

A fringed collection that redefines beauty

Designer: Ann-Sofie Back

Satu Maaranen SS15 Collection

A mix of Space Age silhouettes and folk traditions

Designer: Satu Maaranen

Fausto Puglisi AW14/15 collection

A graphic womenswear look

Designer: Fausto Puglisi

J.W. Anderson SS15 women's catwalk show

A glamorous fashion presentation with hats

Designer: Jonathan Anderson with Benjamin Bruno and milliner Noel Stewart

Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby AW14/15

An innovative fusion of high art and fashion

Designer: Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby

Rodarte AW14 Star Wars™ Gowns

A series of dresses paying homage to Star Wars™

Designer: Kate and Laura Mulleavy

Graphics

2D work where graphic design is the key to the project’s success – this could be beautifully executed packaging, books, magazines, identities, digital, films, animation, street art, exhibition design, posters or typefaces.

Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables

A witty supermarket campaign to reduce food waste

Designer: Marcel

100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design

An overview of graphic design in Switzerland

Designer: NORM and Lars Muller

Banknote design for Norges

A bold proposal for Norway's new banknotes

Designer: Metric Design and Snohetta Design

Designing for the Sixth Extinction

A possible future of bio-engineered nature

Designer: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Franchise Animated

An animated typeface that's available to all

Designer: Jeroen Krielaars and Animography

Glasgow International 2014 identity

A hand-painted typeface to brand an arts festival

Designer: Kellenberger-White

Jurriaan Schrofer

An monograph on a radical Dutch designer

Designer: Frederike Huygen, Jaap van Triest and Karel Martens, Astrid Vorstermans at Valiz

Kenzopedia

A web collection of 26 fashion illustrations

Designer: Toni Halonen

MIT Media Lab identity

A digital branding for a digital research lab

Designer: Pentagram

Modern Design Review

A new way to look at product and furniture design

Designer: Graphic Thought Facility

No.5 Culture Chanel

A beautiful embossed inkless book for a perfume

Designer: Irma Boom

Riposte magazine

A new kind of women's magazine

Designed by Shaz Madani, editor in chief Danielle Pender

A Way of the Shovel

An aptly interactive art-gallery advertisement

Designer: Romain Andre, France, and Michael Savona

WIRED custom typeface

A 3D typeface for the technology magazine

Designer: Sawdust

Product

This category includes furniture for the first time this year. Unique and mass produced items including toys, packaging, lighting, technology, homewares and healthcare. A seemingly endless range of outstanding objects have been included in this category.

Human Organs-on-Chips

A way to research drugs without testing on animals

Designer: Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh

10 100 1000

A set of affordable stools made in Mexico

Designer: La Metropolitana, Francisco Torres and Luis David Arrendondo

Air-purifying billboard

A hoarding to transform pollution into clean air

Designer: University of Engineering and Technology of Peru and FCB MAYO

Blue Diversion toilet

A sanitation system for those who are off the grid

Designer: EOOS with Eawag

BRCK

An off-road internet router

Designer: Erik Hersman, Reg Orton and Philip Walton

BrydgeAir

A keyboard that's the perfect fit for your iPad

Designer: Brydge Keyboards

Current Table

A table that photosynthesises electricity

Designer: Marjan van Aubel with Solaronix

DIY Gamer Kit

A technology learning-aid that's fun for kids

Designer: Technology Will Save Us

Double O

A robust, easily secured LED bikelight

Designer: Paul Cocksedge

Dragonfly

An asymmetric plastic chair inspired by insects

Designer: Odo Fioravanti and Segis Spa

Endgrain

An intricate process for colour-staining furniture

Designer: Raw-Edges Design Studio (Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay)

The Extrapolation Factory

A think-tank studio designing possible futures

Designer: Elliot P.Montgomery and Chris Woebken

Field Experiments: Indonesia

A project to support local crafts

Designer: Benjamin Harrison Bryant, Paul Marcus Fuog and Karim Charlebois-Zariffa

'Grow It Yourself' Mushroom Materials

A compostable material to grow, then build with

Designer: Ecovative

Kano computer kit

A computer and coding kit that all ages can enjoy

Designer: Kano and MAP project office

Man Machine

A study of furniture in movement and glass

Designer: Konstantin Grcic

Miito

A kettle that saves both water and power

Designer: Nils Chudy and Jasmina Grase

Moocall SMS Calving Alert Sensor

A text-message alert system for birthing calves

Designer: Lyndsey Bryce and Christopher Murphy with Niall Austin

Project Daniel

A South Sudan lab that 3D-prints prosthetics

Designer: Not Impossible

QardioArm

A discreet personal heart monitor

Designer: Qardio and Clara Gaggero Westaway, Adrian Westaway and Duncan Fitzsimonds

Sabi Space

An easy-to-install range of chic bathroom products

Designer: MAP Project Office

Strap Chair

A woven stackable chair for use indoors and out

Designer: Scholten & Baijings and Moustache

Turn On

A simple all-in-one dimmable desklight

Designer: by Joel Hoff

Transport

This category looks at more than planes, trains and automobiles (though, these are important too).

Google self-driving car

A prototype small car that drives itself

Designer: YooJung Ahn, Jared Gross and Philipp Haban

D-Air-Bag - Street

An air-bag system that predicts motorbike crashes

Designer: Vittorio Cafaggi, Dainese

i8

A sleek eco-friendly sports car

Designer: Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW Group Design

Loopwheels

A wheel that's its own shock-absorber

Designer: Sam Pearce, Jelly Products

Model S

A high-performance electric saloon car

Designer: Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla Motors

MOTIV.e City Car

A green city runaround from an F1 designer

Designer: Gordon Murray Design, Yamaha Motor Company

meet the jury

Hilary Alexander

Born in New Zealand, Hilary Alexander OBE is the former Fashion Director of The Daily Telegraph. She retired from the Telegraph in 2011, after 26 years, and has continued to work as a freelance stylist and writer, and is also the editor-at-large for Hello Fashion Monthly.

Alexis Georgacopoulos

Alexis Georgacopoulos is Director of ECAL- Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (University of Art and Design Lausanne). Founded in 1821, ECAL regularly features among the world’s top 10 universities of art and design.

Anish Kapoor (Chair)

Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Born in 1954 in Bombay, he has lived in London since the early 1970s. Over the past thirty years he has exhibited extensively with solo shows at venues including: Kunsthalle Basel; Tate; Hayward Gallery; Reina Sofia, Madrid; CAPC in Bordeaux; Haus der Kunst, Munich; MAK, Vienna and Deutsche Guggenheim.

Farshid Moussavi

Farshid Moussavi is an architect, principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Educated at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, University College London and Dundee University, Moussavi has taught and served as External Examiner in academic institutions worldwide.

Richard Woolley

Richard Woolley is the Studio Director for Design Research and Special Vehicle Operations, working under the direction of Gerry McGovern Jaguar Land Rover board member and Land Rover’s Design Director and Chief Creative Officer.

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