Brit Insurance Design Awards shortlist goes on show

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The Independent Culture

The past 12 months have seen some exciting design developments and the Brit Insurance Design Awards shortlist aims to celebrate this fact.

Showcasing the work of top designers, the awards feature an international shortlist ranging from Yves Behar’s Swarovski Chandeliers to concrete Emergency Shelters designed in Wales. Nominations also include the Apple iPad as well as six different app's including the popular Angry Birds game.

Industry experts have nominated innovative designs from around the world across seven categories: Architecture, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Interactive, Product and Transport and the overall winner will be announced on 15 March 2011.

Alex Newson, curator of the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition comments, “The sheer breadth of the shortlist reaffirms the importance of good design and how it can help improve daily lives or even refresh the familiar. Whether it is through ingenious temporary home solutions or a new cycle scheme for London, it is a fascinating list of nominees."

Stephen Bayley will chair the 2011 jury and will be joined by art and design curator Janice Blackburn OBE, graphic designer Mark Farrow, novelist Will Self, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University Penny Sparke and Simon Waterfall co-founder of digital agency Poke.

2011 Brit Insurance Design Awards: 16 February – 7 August 2011, Design Museum, London, SE1 2YD