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Beazley Designs of the Year

Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design from the past 12 months, as nominated by the public and design experts from around the world.

'The wacky and the wonderful, life-saving or just mind-changing... these are the people designing our future.' Channel 4 News

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As a specialist insurer, Beazley is well placed to understand the value of good design. It sees first-hand the consequences when things go wrong and its products and services are expertly designed to help people and businesses when they most need help.

What to expect

Explore innovations and inventions from around the world that champion accessibility, design for women and local ideas with a global impact.

Now in its twelfth year, Beazley Designs of the Year is an annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers across the globe today. Nominators were asked to select their favourite designs that inspire, represent change in their field and capture this moment in time.

This was the first year that the public nominated alongside design experts. Visit the exhibition to see if your choice was selected!

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Categories

Architecture

An app, a landscape, the process of conceiving and fundraising for a community skatepark in Athens, or a vast $500m arts centre on wheels.

Graphic

From radical books and citywide platforms to graphic visibility for minority groups, contemporary graphic design explores the politics and power of communication, and how it can be wielded.

Fashion

This year we see fashion recognising and designing for all bodies, while also loosening the grip on the industry of exclusionary Western stereotypes of beauty.

Digital

A genderless voice created to lessen bias and promote inclusion, a diagram detailing the processes and systems used to build and operate an Amazon Alexa, and a rotating sequence of invented people.

Transport

Electric flying cars and 3D-printed motorcycles represent real achievements of technical engineering, but, for many city dwellers today, road safety for cyclists is the most pressing issue in public and private transportation.

Product

The first reinvention of the pregnancy test in over thirty years, a table comprising pressed flowers suspended in black resin, and a series of tiles whose glazes are formed from the volcanic ash of Mount Etna.

In-depth

Stories from Beazley Designs of the Year

In this collection of interviews and blog features, the Design Museum spoke to some of the designers featured in the Beazley Designs of the Year 2019 exhibition about their design stories, challenges and aspirations.

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Ticketing information

Tickets £12

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Schools' challenge

Let this year’s nominations inspire your class to create their own innovative design project and be in with the chance of winning the #BeazleyDesignsoftheYearChallenge.

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