One of the highlights of my recent trip to London was my visit to the Design Museum. I had the chance to see the 62 nominees for the Beazley Designs of the Year Award as well as voting for my favorites on each of the six categories.
Housed in the stunning museum, the exhibition is arranged thematically from activism to environment and more. Visitors are encouraged to vote for one design from each category including, Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product, and Transport.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the acclaimed Beazley Designs of the Year Award. The nominees really capture the spirit of the times from the Olympic Refugee flag to a clothing line by musician Kanye West for his “Life of Pablo” tour and from the TV graphics designed for the English Premier League to the iconic Pussyhat made and worn in protest of Donald Trump’s sexist remarks.
Visiting the exhibit was like using design as a form of time travel through the ups and downs of 2017. Remember Pokemon Go and the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D. C.? They were both nominated—in different categories! Of course, like in any competition, there were few nominees that I wouldn’t have chosen, but all in all the show is worth the visit.
The winners will be announced on January 25, 2018. That is one winner in each of the six categories and one overall winner.
Beazley Designs of the Year runs through February 18, 2018. A must see!