Road Safety GB

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Ex-undergraduate, and now PhD student, Maddy Conaghan and I talked at the National Road Safety Conference 2014 at the Grand Hotel in Brighton this afternoon. Great conference – lively and lots of atmosphere. Lots of interest in Maddy’s work around driver cognitive overload too.


Design Museum Designs of the Year Announced

Winners of Designs of the Year Announced

The Design Museum, London,  has announced the seven category winners of the 2014 Designs of the Year competition. This annual prestigious event celebrates the best design talent and innovation from a unique range of fields and now that the winners of each category have been announced they will be judged against each other to decide which earns the outcome of Design of the Year.

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The seven winners were taken from the categories of Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport design and included designs from a global audience. Here are the category winners (pictures) alongside the designs they were pitted against:



Façade For Paul Smith, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London
Frac Centre – Les Turbulences, Orléans
Frac Nord-pas De Calais, Dunkerque
La Tallera Siqueiros, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Makoko Floating School, Nigeria
Mont De Marsan Mediatheque
Museo Jumex, Mexico City
Newhall Be, Harlow, Essex
Praça Das Artes Performing Arts Centre, São Paulo
St Moritz Church, Augsburg, Germany, Interior Renovation
The New Crematorium At The Woodland Cemetery, Stockholm




Hello Lamp Post
Lego Calendar
Metro Trains – Dumb Ways To Die
Oculus Rift
Public Lab Foldable Mini-spectrometer
Sidekick Creatives – Crowdfunding Great Art & Design
Touch Board: Interactivity Everywhere


Winner: PRADA S/S14

Christian Dior S/s13
Das Collection
Rick Owens S/s14 Show Presentation
The Hinterland Of Ronaldo Fraga
‘totemic’ Collection By Sadie Williams
Tracey Neuls Bike Geek



furniture PRO CHAIR FAMILY designs of the year

Bodleian Library Chair
New Interior For United Nations North Delegates’ Lounge (new York)
Ripple, An Ultra Light Timber Table
‘simple’ Exhibition At Projectb Gallery, Milan



graphics DRONE SHADOWS designs of the year

A Magazine Curated By Stephen Jones
Artdirectorsclub: Art Directors Annual 91
Building Stories
Castledown Primary School Type Family
Creation And Realisation Of The Visual Identity And The Signage System Of The Frac Provence-alpes-côte-d’azur
Escuyer Undergarment Brand Identity
M To M Of M/m (paris)
Serpentine Galleries Identity
The Gourmand – A Food And Culture Journal
Whitney Museum Identity
Works That Work, A Magazine Of Unexpected Creativity



75 Watt
Abc Syringe: A Behaviour Changing Syringe
Alba Collection Of Vases
Chair 4 Life
Clever Caps
Formlabs Form 1high-resolution Desktop 3d Printer
Gopro Hero 3+ Black
Luffa Lab
Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Pet Lamp
Plume Mudguard
Risk Centre
Silk Pavilion
String Lights
The Alchemist’s Dressing Table
The Bradley Timepiece


Winner: XL1 CAR

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Obree Electric Bike
Ifmove Bicycle
Me.we: Forward-thinking Car
Single Seat Aircraft

Th category winners and the other 69 nominees are currently on show at the Design Museum in the Designs of the Year 2014 Exhibition and they will be viewable until 25 August this year. The overall winner of Design of the Year 2014 will be announced on 30 June.

For more information on the Designs of the Year Exhibition visit the Design Museum website HERE and for full details about all nominees and category winners click HERE

PhD study opportunities


dstar_0Anyone interested in further PhD study should look at the studentships being offered by Design Star, a consortium of top UK Design Research departments with AHRC funding for up to 12 studentships a year.  Design Star covers areas of history, theory, and practice in looking at contemporary social concerns and engaging with external partners.  The deadline for applications is 28th February and further details can be found through the links below: The main website: This is the Brighton page for Design Star:

Barber Osgerby: In the Making

The Design Museum’s latest exhibition In The Making opened yesterday, curated by award winning and well celebrated designers Barber & Osgerby.

Open from now until May 4th, In The Making captures over 20 objects mid-manufacture showing them off at the ‘centre-stage’ of their design process. An interesting range of products have been chosen by the British design duo, from everyday objects such as a cricket bat, £2 coin and coke can to Barber Osgerby’s very own London 2012 Olympic Torch, which won the Design Museum’s Design of the Year in 2012.

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Cricket Bat / Barber & Osgerby / Derwent Pencils

The objects have been selected because they each have an unexpected  quality about them in those moments, hours or days before they assume  their final, recognisable form. These points in the making process capture a  peculiar and unconventional slice of time in the production of everyday  objects such as tennis balls, banknotes and even diamonds.The Design Museum

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Optic Lens / Exhibition Graphics / Aluminium Can

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby comment ‘We have always been  fascinated by the making process as it is an integral part of our work. We have curated an exhibition that will provide a platform to capture and reveal  a frozen moment in the manufacturing process and unveils an everyday
object in its unfinished state. Often the object is as beautiful, if not more so,  than the finished product!’

What: In The Making
Where: Design Museum, SE1 2YD
When: 22 January – 4 May
Price: Adult £12.40 / Student £9.30

Visit for more information

Also currently showing at the Design Museum:

Extraordinary Storiesends 9 March

Designing for the Future


“Last week saw the launch of “Designing for the Future”, a student design competition sponsored by The Future Perfect Company which encourages students to consider the challenges affecting our ageing population – and to create innovative and attractive designs which allow older people to continue to live meaningful, enjoyable and independent lives.

The winner will receive a package of mentoring and support to help them to develop their products and ideas further and emulate the success of previous award winning “Designing for the Future” alumni. For more information, visit


artists open houses

Brighton is regarded by most as a hub for all things art and design, and with a population drowned in creativity there’s always something to see.

This weekend is no different as some of Brighton’s many creatives open their doors to the general public to showcase their work, ranging from photography to jewellery and ceramics to knitwear, as well as handcrafted Christmas cards, wreaths, tree decorations and foodie gifts all on show, all part of the Artists Open Houses festival.

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There are 49 open houses to root around within Brighton & Hove all with something different on offer. And the best part? If you’re struggling to sort out your Christmas shopping and have left it to the last minute, Artists Open Houses advises that “An afternoon spent browsing Brighton and Hove’s Christmas Artists Open Houses is the perfect way to take the pain out of Christmas shopping and a chance to pick up a present or something unique for the home.”

So don’t miss out!

For a full list of the open houses, map of where they are and further information click here

Artists Open Houses runs the 14th & 15th December.