Beazley Designs of the Year | Previous Winners

From an operating theatre which can fit inside a backpack to a reusable rocket designed for commercial travel, look back at some of the previous winners of Beazley Designs of the Year.

Beazley Design of the Year 2018 | Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture

The Counter Investigations exhibition by Forensic Architecture at the Institute of Contemporary Arts showcased the organisation's work of uncovering international war crimes through the architectural analysis of contemporary images. This nomination also won the Digital category in 2018.

Beazley Graphic Design of the Year 2018 | Trash Isles

Trash Isles designed by Plastics Oceans Foundation with LADbible USA, was a campaign to make an island of waste the size of France, a country.The campaign included creating a national identity for the "island", including passports, stamps and currency.

Beazley Design of the Year - People's Choice 2018 | SurgiBox

Designed by Debbie Teodorescu, Mike Teodorescu and Stephen Okajima with Team Surgibox, Surgibox is a portable and cost-effective operating theatre which can fit inside a backpack.

Beazley Fashion Design of the Year 2017 | Nike Pro Hijab

A performance hijab by Nike that could change the face of sport for Muslim women. Nike worked alongside a team of athletes to develop a single-layer stretchy Hijab inspired by Sarah Attar’s win for Saudi Arabia at the 2012 Olympics

Beazley Transport Design of the Year 2017 | Scewo

A stair-climbing mobility device, enabling wheelchair users to reach locations that were previously inaccessible.

Beazley Design of the Year 2016 | Better Shelter

Designed in partnership with the IKEA Foundation and UNHCR, this social enterprise uses flat-pack technology to create more robust and appealing shelters for refugees, with a commitment to continuous improvement as the shelters are used around the world.

Beazley Graphic Design of the Year 2016 | Blackstar

Designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, "Blackstar" is a stripped back final album cover for David Bowie. Bowie was a "star who burnt very bright in his lifetime" and someone whose legacy will never fade.

Beazley Product Design of the Year 2016 | Space Cup

This coffee cup was developed by a research team at Portland State University and is based on the low-gravity cup designed by NASA astronaut Don Pettit in 2008 abroad the International Space Station.

Beazley Design of the Year 2015 | Human Organs-On-Chips

Developed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh from Harvard University's Wyss Institute, the tiny microchip-like devices are lined with human cells to mimic the complex tissue structures of human organs.

Beazley Design of the Year 2014 | Heydar Aliyev Center

Designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher. the elaborate undulations, folds and inflections modify this plaza surface located in Baku, Azerbaijan, into an architectural landscape that performs a multitude of functions.

Beazley Design of the Year 2013 | Gov.uk Government Digital Service

Designed by the Government Digital Service, the site is a portal for all of the UK government's websites. It makes life better for millions of people coping with the everyday chores, from getting a new passport, to paying their taxes.

Beazley Design of the Year 2012 | London 2012 Olympic Torch

Barber Osgerby’s Olympic Torch is made of aluminium and perforated with 8,000 circular holes, each representing a single carrier of the torch as it makes its way to the opening ceremony in London on July 27.

Beazley Design of the Year 2011 | Plumen 001

Samuel Wilkinson was commissioned by Hulger to redesign a low-energy light bulb. Stephen Bayley, who acted as the chair of the jury explained that “the Plumen light bulb is a good example of the ordinary thing done extraordinarily well, bringing a small measure of delight to an everyday product.

Beazley Design of the Year 2010 | Folding Plug

Min-Kyu Choi designed a folding version of the standard UK electrical plug. One of the judges, Justin McGuirk, commented that “the British electrical plug, largely unchanged since 1947, is one of the most overlooked objects in the country. No wonder everyone who [saw] Min’s elegant variation experiences an obvious jolt of delight, followed by an ‘about time’.

Beazley Design of the Year 2009 | Barack Obama poster

Shepard Fairey designed the poster and used proceeds from selling the image to produce more of it. Though it was never officially adopted by the campaign, it became synonymous with the Obama presidential campaign throughout 2008.

Beazley Design of the Year 2008 | One Laptop Per Child

Designed by Yves Béhar of Fuseproject, for OLPC & Quanta Computer Inc., these child-size laptops aid education in developing countries. The laptops are very low-cost, ergonomic and energy-efficient – they can be charged by hand-cranked power if need be. They feature a digital writing tablet, a camera and networking capabilities allowing the laptops to connect to others in the school and to the web.