Designs of the Year is the Design Museum’s annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward-looking design of all kinds, from around the world.
The nominated designs fall into seven categories: architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport. They can be designed by a practice, team or individual. Projects are nominated by an independent group of trusted industry experts from four main groupings – practicing designers and architects, curators from other institutions, academics and tutors from design schools and selection of journalists and writers.
A winner from each category is selected by an international jury and overall winner from the category winners is awarded the Design of the Year. All the nominations can be seen at the museum in the Designs of the Year exhibition.
2012: The London 2012 Olympic Torch, designed by Barber Osgerby,UK
2011: Plumen 001 by Samuel Wilkinson and Hulger, UK
2010: Folding Plug designed by Min-Kyu Choi, UK
2009: Barack Obama Poster by Shepard Fairey, USA
2008: One Laptop Per Child designed by Yves Béhar for Fuseproject, USA