Makoko Floating School, Nigeria

The work by the nominees will be showcased at the Design Museum in London from 26 March

Talented innovators from the fields of architecture, digital media, fashion, furniture, graphic design, product design and transport have been celebrated by the Design Museum’s in its list of Design of the Year 2014 nominatees.

From Dumb Ways to Die, the app which teaches players rail safety by seeing them try to save cute characters from violent deaths, to a floating school in a Nigerian lagoon, contenders take vastly different approaches to design but are united in their attempts to fearlessly and imaginatively improve people’s lives. 

Names shortlisted by the London based museum include: architects Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield, and fashion designer Miuccia Prada.


Nominated designs will be exhibited at the Design Museum from 26 March until 25 August 2014, with the winners announced later in the year.

“The gaming app that outlives its player, the mobile phone you can build yourself, the bottle caps that turn into building blocks – someday the other museums will be showing this stuff,” the museum said in a statement.