Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2019 offers “rebuke of stereotypical design”


Genderless AI presents, hands free breast pumps and self-driving shuttle buses characteristic in the shortlist and accompanying exhibition this year

The Form Museum has announced the nominees of the Beazley Designs of the Year 2019 contest, which looks at innovation across graphics, fashion, digital, architecture, commodity and transport.

This year’s shortlist features 76 entries across six groups, many of which are on display at the Design Museum exhibition, which demands from 11 September to 9 February 2020.

New nominees signal diversity move

Guest curator Beatrice Galilee notes that designs by and for sweethearts and accessible designs are the prominent themes this time around. “Dames only make up 20% of designers, but when you look who is training and lucubrating, they make up 70%,” she says.

Much of this year’s line, she says, is a “rebuke of stereotypical design”. In the digital category, Q, the “world’s head genderless voice” designed by a group of linguists and sound designers, looks to affect away from the gender bias in AI. By combining the voices of five non-binary-identifying human being, designers believe they have “neutralised” the technology.

In the product sphere, London-based start-up Elvie has designed the Elvie Pump, the “world’s initially silent, wearable, hands-free” breast pump. Armed with “real female insight”, the product allows mothers to express milk while growing about their normal routine.

Improving local services

Across the bring category, Galilee and the Design Museum team have curated a count of projects that improve or compliment to local services. The self-driving alternate bus designed by MUJI and Sensible 4, for example, aims to provide gentle access to public transport for those in remote locations in all weathers.

Similarly, the Hop electric bicycle and scooters from Uber provide commuters with rural ways to travel around the city. In the same way you’d hail a taxi from the entourage with your phone, users are able to rent the bikes and scooters conclusively and receive real-time traffic updates.

Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2019 offers “rebuke of stereotypical design”
JUMP scooters, designed by Uber

“One holistic organization”

This year’s exhibition was created by Pernilla Ohrstedt and uses piece of last year’s structures to build the 3D design. “We have an obligation to everlastingly consider what we can reuse,” says Ohrstedt on her recycled structures.

Muddles have been cut into the space’s walls this year to let someone have visitors to see right through to the end of the exhibition as they enter.

“By cutting and undo pieces of the wall, we’ve created links between the categories whilst also notwithstanding defining them,” says Ohrstedt. “It’s one holistic design.”

The 2D design of the exhibit was created by Zac Group. As part of its work, the team has created six new fonts to taste the six categories being shown.

Prize winners

This year’s believing panel features figures from across the industry, including venality chancellor of the Royal College of Art Paul Thompson, product design pilot at Facebook Melissa Hajj and furniture designer Yinka Ilori.

One shape from each section will chosen as a winner, and an overall champ will also be announced on November 21st. Previous winners include IKEA’s Gambler Shelter for refugees, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s London 2012 Olympic Torch and the Oversight Digital Service’s (GDS) design of the UK Government website.

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