Be it a pop-up cinema in Hackney, East London, a newspaper’s foray into iPad apps or a wind-propelled Landmine Detonator which cost $40 to produce; the list of Designs of the Year 2012 from the Design Museum, London highlights a refreshing diversity of global design talent.
The ‘longlist’ of nominations are selected by industry experts who seek innovative and engaging designs across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. Unsurprisingly, many of the design world’s most acclaimed big names made the cut, including Zaha Hadid Architects, Vivienne Westwood and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
Lesser known, but no less awe-inspiring are designers who are forging new territory and shifting the ‘sustainable’ paradigm in design terms.
The transport category appears to be one of the most exciting of all. Manifesto’s Bike Hanger is a bold and brilliant design solution to the problem of urban bike storage. It has the capacity to vertically store up to 15 bicycles in a minimal amount of space and can be operated without any power, except for the user’s own pedalling power.
All of the nominations will be on show at the Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum, London from 8 February – 15 July 2012. A full list of the Design of the Year 2012 can be found here. From this list of nominations, a jury will select the seven category winners and an overall winner for the Design of the Year 2012.