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Beazley Designs of the Year 2018

Every year since 2008 hundreds of design experts from around the world nominate the most innovative designs from the past 12 months. Experience up close this year's 87 nominated projects across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design.

Keep scrolling to find out which project has been crowned 2018's design of the year

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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.

The winners

Beazley Design of the Year Overall Winner: Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Beazley Architecture Design of the Year: Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa by Heatherwick Studio

Beazley Graphic Design of the Year: Trash Isles by Plastic Oceans Foundation with LADbible & AMVBBDO

Beazley Product Design of the Year: Paperfuge by Prakash Lab

Beazley Fashion Design of the Year: Royal Ballet costumes for Christopher Wheeldon’s production of Corybantic Games by Erdem Moralıoğlu

Beazley Transport Design of the Year: Falcon Heavy by SpaceX

Beazley Digital Design of the Year: Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Beazley Design of the Year - People's Choice: SurgiBox by Debbie Teodorescu, Mike Teodorescu, Stephen Okajima and Team SurgiBox

What to expect

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

Now in its eleventh year, Beazley Designs of the Year is the Design Museum's annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world today.

Explore how the future is fast becoming the present with newly-developed materials, innovative ways of managing scarce resources, playful designs for all ages and local communities claiming new spaces for themselves.

'From the brilliant to the brutal...a glimpse into what the world of tomorrow may look like' ★★★★ The Times

A hand-cut construction hoarding for an Apple store

Hoarding for Apple store, Taipei 101, designed by Yang Shiyi Taiwan. Photo by Felix Speller.

A plastic-free supermarket aisle

Plastic-free aisle, designed by A Plastic Planet and Made Thought for Ekoplaza, Netherlands. Photo by Felix Speller.

A factory line that 3D prints in algae

Algae Lab, designed by Studio Klarenbeek & Dros at Atelier Luma, France. Photo by Felix Speller.

A fashion homage to grandma, from a shed in York

Vigilamus, designed by Matty Bovan, UK. Photo by Felix Speller.

A decorative veneer made from Mexican corn husks

Totomoxtle, designed by Fernando Laposse, Mexico. Photo by Felix Speller.

An operating theatre that fits into a backpack

SurgiBox, designed by Debbie Teodorescu, Mike Teodorescu and Stephen Okajima with Team SurgiBox, USA. Photo by Felix Spellor.

A graphic interface for a future-defining film

Technology interfaces for Blade Runner 2049, designed by Territory Studio UK. Photo by Felix Speller.

A designer's riposte to London landlords

Evicted, designed by Paul Cocksedge, supported by Friedman Benda and Beatrice Trussardi, UK. Photo by Felix Speller.

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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 2018 exhibition about their design stories, challenges and aspirations.

#PlasticFreeDay

Beazley Designs of the Year nominees, Made Thought are challenging the museum’s audience to take part in a series of plastic-free challenges involving food and drink on the 21 November . Find out more about their Instagram takeover.

Reading Room

Beazley Designs of the Year Reading Room

Delve deeper into the themes explored in Beazley Designs of the Year in a Reading Room, situated just outside the exhibition. Titles kindly donated by Phaidon.

The Judges

The judges

Find out more about 2018's judging panel for Beazley Designs of the Year.

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Future Factory Symposium: Day 2

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Background image | Overall winner of Beazley Designs of the Year 2018: Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Photo by Mark Blower.