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The Design Museum reveals the shortlist for the 2017 Beazley Designs of the Year

Architectural practice Carmody Groarke has designed the exhibition environment for Beazley Designs of the Year. Photography: Luke Hayes.

London’s Design Museum has announced the shortlist for the Beazley Designs of the Year, its annual celebration of the most notable design ideas from the past 12 months. On view at the museum from 18 October in an exhibition designed by London architects Carmody Groarke, the annual award is now in its tenth year, and has previously honoured designs such as David Bowie’s Black Star album by Jonathan Barnbrook and Thomas Heatherwick’s Olympic Cauldron. Find out who won in each category and who the overall winner was here.

The 62 nominations span a wide spectrum of disciplines, including architecture, graphics, product design, fashion, transport and digital. The museum tapped an international panel of creative luminaries to select the nominees, with the final shortlist offering a broad view of contemporary design today.

The projects paint a clear picture of the current state of the world, with several entries concerned with refugees and with the political turmoil of the past year. Case in point, Wolfgang Tillmans’ pro-EU, anti-Brexit poster campaign, or the Olympic refugee flag by Yara Said, representing the very first refugee team taking part to an Olympic competition.

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A strong focus on socially-driven designs is also evident in nominations such as the Calais Builds Project or Francis Kerè’s project for a secondary school in Burkina Faso, as well, the Pussyhat, which has become an iconic symbol of protest spurred by US President Donald Trump’s controversially sexist remarks.

Of course, more recreational initiatives are included, such as last year’s augmented reality Pokémon Go game, or a new interface for the Premier League’s TV branding experience, by DixonBaxi. New technologies are also featured in the list, as is an innovative use of materials, such as Max Lamb and Really’s recycled textile benches, or Chilean studio gt2P’s lava furniture. As in previous years, the selection bolsters the museum’s position as a global observatory for creative disciplines, and demonstrates the all-encompassing power of design. The winners will be announced in January next year – watch this space.

'Nimuno Loops' tape project by Anine Kirsten, Max Basler and Jaco Kruger on view at the Design Museum. Photography: Luke Hayes

The set is made up of sculptural cave-like forms. Photography: Luke Hayes

The angled and curved spaces are covered entirely in the recycled newspaper material, to create display areas for the works.Photography: Luke Hayes

The sculptures are made from a sprayed paper pulp called Soundcel. Photography: Luke Hayes

Installation view of the shortlist at the Design Museum. Photography: Luke Hayes

Architecture nominee: Port House, Antwerp, Belgium, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photography: Hélène Binet

Architecture nominee: Il Fondaco Tedeschi, Venice, Italy, by OMAPhotography: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti

Architecture nominee: Sala Beckett Theatre and International Drama Centre, Barcelona, Spain, by Flores Prats. Photography: Adrià Goula

Architecture nominee: The environmental enhancement of the Five Dragons Temple, Ruicheng, China, by Urbanus. Photography: Chaoying Yang

Architecture nominee: Wind and Rain Bridge, Peitian, China, by Donn Holohan. Courtesy of Donn Holohan and The University of Hong Kong

Architecture nominee: Hegnhuset memorial and learning centre, Utøya, Norway, by Blakstad Haffner Architects. Photography: Are Carlsen

Architecture nominee: The Calais Builds, France, by Grainne Hassett with architecture students from University of Limerick

Architecture nominee: ‘Refugees’ Memories and Futures as Models’ exhibition, by Schlesische27 International Youth, Arts and Culture Center in collaboration with Raumlaborberlin and the SRH Hochschule der Populären Künste. Photography: Fred Mosley

Architecture nominee: Lycée Schorge Secondary School, Koudougou, Burkina Faso, by Kéré Architecture

Architecture nominee: Warka Water, a structure that harvests portable water from the atmosphere, by Arturo Vittori

Architecture nominee: Mrs Fan’s Plug-In House, Beijing, China, by People’s Architecture Office

Architecture nominee: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by Adjaye Associates in Washington DC, USA

Architecture nominee: Croft Lodge Studio, Herefordshire, UK, by Kate Darby Architects and David Connor Design. Photography: James Morris

Digital nominee: ‘Saydnaya: Inside a Syrian Torture Prison’, by Forensic Architecture and Amnesty International

Digital nominee: Refugee Text, a service providing refugees with live updates on policy changes and practical information, by Kåre MS Solvåg, Caroline Arvidsson, and Ciarán Duffy

Digital nominee: Google Noto typeface project, by Google and Monotype

Digital nominee: Professional Women Emoji, by Agustin Fonts, Rachel Been, Mark Davis, Nicole Bleuel and Chang Yang

Digital nominee: Premier League on-air branding experience, by DixonBaxi

Digital nominee: ‘Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design’ exhibition, at The Jewish Museum, by Esther da Costa and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (exhibition design)

Digital nominee: Pokémon GO, by Niantic Inc

Digital nominee: OTHR, a 3D printing company creating functional products for the home, by Joe Doucet, Dean DiSimone and Evan Clabots. Photography: OTHR

Digital nominee: ‘Meet Graham: the only person designed to survive on our roads’, an interactive sculpture demonstrating vulnerability and bodily features that would be needed to withstand a car crash, by Patricia Piccinini, for Transport Accident Authority (TAC)

Fashion nominee: Pussyhat Project in support of women’s rights, by Krista SuhJayna Zweiman, Kat Coyle and Aurora Lady. Courtesy of Getty

Fashion nominee: Nike Pro hijab, by Nike

Fashion nominee: New Object Research project, ‘The Rite of Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter’ (life-sized sculptures), by Aitor Throup

Fashion nominee: Life of Pablo merchandise and pop-up stores, by Kanye West and Mat Vlasic, for Bravado. Courtesy Donda

Fashion nominee: Levi’s Commuter Trucker jacket with Jacquard, by Google with Levi’s

Fashion nominee: The Upcycling the Oceans project, by Ecoalf, aims to remove marine waste from the Mediterranean Sea and create a 100 per cent recycled material 

Graphics nominee: Wales Nation Brand, by Smörgåsbord Studio

Graphics nominee: Fractured Lands in The New York Times Magazine, a one-off, ad-free issue of the title devoted to the last ten years in the Middle East, August 14, 2016

Graphics nominee: Finding Her, by IC4 Design, for UN Women Egypt, is a campaign designed to draw attention to the lack of women in Egyptian male-dominated industries

Graphics nominee: New logo and identity for Reykjavik Art Museum, by Karlssonwilker

Graphics nominee: Unit Editions publishers, by Tony Brook, Adrian Shaughnessy and Patricia Finegan. Photography: Spin

Graphics nominee: The Refugee Nation flag (designed to mark the participation of the first ever refugee team in the 2016 Olympics), by Yara Said with The Refugee Nation, for Amnesty International. Photography: Francisco de Deus

Graphics nominee: Sufferhead Original Stout craft beer, by Emeka Ogboh. Photography: Hans Haacke

Graphics nominee: Real Review magazine, by REAL with OK-RM 

Graphics nominee: Protest Banner Lending Library, by Aram Han Sifuentes in collaboration with Verónica Casado. Photography: Eedahahm

Graphics nominee: Pro-EU anti-Brexit Poster Campaign (Vote Remain 23 June), by Wolfgang Tillmans, Between Bridges

Graphics nominee: NAAFI record label design identity, by NAAFI

Graphics nominee: Me & EU postcards, by Nathan Smith and Sam T Smith, designed post-EU referendum as a means to remain connected

Graphics nominee: Ibiza Mykonos Jeremy Corbyn (political posters), by Michael Oswell

Product nominee: ‘Wedge Dowel’ joint, by IKEA, requires no glue or tools

Product nominee: ‘The Pilot’, translating earpiece, by Waverly Labs

Product nominee: ‘Solid Textile Board’ benches, by Max Lamb, for Really ApS and Kvadrat. Photography: Angela Moore

Product nominee: ‘SNOO’, smart baby sleeper, by Yves Béhar, Fuseproject

Product nominee: ‘Scewo’ stairclimbing device, by Thomas Gemperle, Adrien Weber, Naomi Stieger, Stella Mühlhaus, Bernhard Winter, Pascal Buholzer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Product nominee: Rapid Liquid Printing by Self-Assembly Lab, MIT in collaboration with Steelcase

Product nominee: ‘Remolten’, by gt2P (Great Things 2 People) with Friedman Benda is a series of products made from Chilean volcanic lava. Photography: Aryeh Kornfeld

Product nominee: ‘Nimuno Loops’, by Anine Kirsten and Max Basler, allows Lego builders to place their creations on any surface

Product nominee: ‘Flax’ bentwood chair, by Christien Meindertsma, for Label/Reed. Photography: Labadie van Tour

Product nominee: ‘Dansbana! Vårby gård’ is a public place for dance by Dansbana, Anna Fridolin, Anna Pang and Teres Selberg. Photography: Nicklas Dennermalm

Product nominee: ‘Connecting the Next Billion’, by BuffaloGrid, provides mobile power, internet and services to those who are typically unable to receive these services

Product nominee: ‘Gita’ robotic personal helper, by Piaggio Fast Forward

Product nominee: ‘Avy’, search and rescue drone by Paul Vastert, David Wielemaker, Christian McCabe and Patrique Zaman. Courtesy of Paul Vastert

Product nominee: ‘Alphabet of Light’, by Bjarke Ingels Group, for Artemide. Courtesy of BIG

Product nominee: ‘Air Ink’, by Graviky Labs, is the first commercial ink made from air pollution. Photography: Marcel Sydney

Transport nominee: Seabubbles by Ailain Thebault is a zero-noise, zero-CO2 emission water taxi

Transport nominee: The Mahjouba Initiative moped, by Eric van Hove, is made using local craft techniques and materials. Photography: Alessio Mei

Transport nominee: Olli, by Local Motors, is the world’s first self-driving, 3D-printed electric bus

Transport nominee: ‘Light Traffic’, by Carlo Ratti, at Senseable City, Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reduces queues and delays

Transport nominee: Moto Riding Assist by Honda significantly reduces the possibilities of falling over on a motorcycle

Transport nominee: Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) by CRRC Zhuzhou Institute is a self-driving tram

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