Design Museum announces Beazley Designs of the Year shortlist

Pokemon Go, Kanye West clothing and the Olympic Refugee Flag are some of the creative ideas nominated by the Design Museum for the tenth annual Beazley Designs of the Year awards. The shortlist announced today include a sports hijab designed by Nike and David Adjaye’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. A year of political unrest, support posters for Jeremy Corbyn’s election campaign and the... Read More

The new V&A Exhibition Road Quarter in picture

Last night saw the opening of V&A Exhibition Road Quarter – the much-anticipated new addition to my favourite London gallery. The work of Amanda Levete and her architecture practice AL_A, it includes a dramatic entrance onto Exhibition Road, and an impressive courtyard that celebrates the V&A’s storied past. New spaces for exhibitions include the Sainsbury Gallery, Sackler Courtyard and Blavatnik Hall. The scheme has taken... Read More

All about the hashtag experience

Once upon a time kids aspired to be doctors, scientists, inventors, lawyers, artists, actors. Now, many fantasise about being ‘influencers’. On their various social apps, they watch in awe as these millennials pose by infinity pools in swish villas, drape their honeyed limbs on yacht decks, sip champagne on private jets. The influencer’s life is that of endless hedonism enjoyed in abundant luxury. Their job is to subtly sell products. It... Read More

Competition: Heineken Bottle Design Challenge

Drinks giant Heineken is celebrating its 140th anniversary with a second instalment of its Future Bottle Design Challenge. The company has put its years of design and branding online for designers to remix and create the bottle design of the future. Participating designers have complete creative freedom to reuse, re-imagine and remix these images from the brand’s past to create a Heineken bottle of the future. #gallery-3 { margin:... Read More

Design competition: Pop-up club

With not long to go before Milan Salone del Mobile our inbox is swamped with news on exhibitors at the coveted yearly show. The latest is an interesting competition by drinks giant Heineken who has challenged a group of young designers to create a collaborative nightclub based on the theme changing perspectives. The 19 designers from Milan, New York, Sao Paulo and Tokyo, chosen from a range of different disciplines, will create a pop-up club... Read More

Heineken design challenge

To mark its forthcoming 140th anniversary, drinks company Heineken has launched a global design challenge. The company is inviting creatives from around the world to connect, through social media, and form teams to design a beer bottle of the future. The brief is to create a bottle design that symbolises how people around the world will connect in the next 140 years. Driven through Heineken’s Facebook page, the idea is for anyone interested... Read More

Beetle inspires James Dyson winner

A device that extracts water from thin air as a solution to the draught problem has won the 2011 James Dyson Award. Airdrop, designed by Edward Linacre, is a low cost, self powered, and easy to install solution to the problems of growing crops in arid regions. Linacre has been inspired by Australia’s worst drought in a century. The student, from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, turned to nature to find ways of capturing moisture... Read More

Room divider wins James Dyson Award

A portable, retractable room divider has won the UK leg of the James Dyson Award. Designed by Michael Korn, KwickScreen helps healthcare professionals make the best use of their often limited available space – allowing for more privacy, dignity and protection to patients. The student at London’s Royal College of Art has explored the use bistable materials such as slap on bracelets and tape measures. He developed early prototypes drawing on... Read More

Show RCA: Young architects’ future vision

Emerging architects are faced with real issues that demand some innovative thinking. Here three young designers from the Royal College of Art in London explain how they hope to make change with their graduate show projects. #gallery-6 { margin: auto; } #gallery-6 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-6 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-6... Read More

New voices at Milan Salone del Mobile

Amidst the wealth of exhibits dotted around Milan was an exciting collection fusing the work of students, graduates and the market place. A large industrial space off the Ventura Lambrate district became the temporary exhibition space for the Royal College of Art’s Intent, as part of this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. #gallery-7 { margin: auto; } #gallery-7 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align:... Read More

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