Now in its ninth year, Beazley Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.
I recently visited The Design Museum, London to see the Beazley Design of the Year exhibition and I left feeling incredibly excited and inspired by the work. I loved seeing such a wide range of work in one space by a range of creatives. I saw innovation, fresh ideas and countless things that made me say “I wish I’d come up with that”, or “I wish that was my job”. Looking at the work of other designers across the field I am constantly uplifted and filled with drive and motivation to be better, create better things and to work hard at my skills within graphic communication to become a fantastic designer. I took photographs of some of my favourite pieces of work, shown below.
Dear Data – Giorgia Lupi & Stefanie Posavec
Dear Data is a collaborative project of the visualisation of data by New York based designer Lupi and London based designer Posavec. Each week of one year, Lupi and Posavec collected data from a particular area of their lives before expressing it visually on a postcard and sending it to the other. The postcards included a key of how to read the sometimes intricate and complicated designs. The project reflects on a data obsessed society and its correlation with personal elements of our lives. Things recorded include how many strangers smiled in a week, how many times the word ‘sorry’ was said, how many times the words ‘goodnight’ or ‘goodbye’ were said, and so on. This work has been made into a book called ‘Dear Data’, which was featured in the exhibition and can be purchased. I loved the idea of creating visualisations of elements of life that pass us by, things easily recordable that are never counted or recorded. True, that these things need not be recorded. The project itself does not completely discover anything or enhance an experience or improve the quality or ease of an act. It is, however, an idea I love and would love to try out myself.
Almadîa Book Cover Designs – Alejandro Magallanes for Almadîa Books
Alejandro Magallanes designed new book covers for new work and essential classics, playing around with the sense of touch as well as sight, as he feels both are essential in the process of reading a book. Magallanes was playful with the creation of his designs, often using cut out parts of the book cover sleeve to show elements of the hard cover underneath, creating an additional narrative to the book itself or showcasing a particular element of the story visually.
Kids vs. Fashion – Yolanda Dominguez
This powerful video by Dominguez comments on the portrayal of different genders in the fashion industry and the images it outputs to the public. The video presents the initial reactions and opinions of a group of Spanish eight-year-olds when shown different fashion campaigns. The children describe the women as being hungry, drunk, ill, dead, injured, upset while the men are described as heroes, strong, leaders and business men. The video exposes the impression given by the fashion industry and the unrealistic and unreasonable expectations of both women and men to look the way the fashion industry wants them too. Why are there no strong women in suits looking directly into the camera, stood straight and strong? Why are their no men cowering on the floor in unnaturally contorted positions with partially ripped or missing clothes. The variation in the presentation of genders is something we have become numb to, and so the contrast in observations of the children expose the imbalance of the fashion industry and leads us to question a standard to which we have become accustomed.