Dezeen podcast: Stephen Bayley
on Designs of the Year 2011

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Dezeen podcast: in this recording for the Design Museum in London, design commentator and one of the founders of the museum Stephen Bayley talks about the Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2011, on show at the museum until 7 August.

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011

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In the podcast, Bayley talks about his role chairing the jury for the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year awards, founding the museum with Terence Conran in the 1980s and how to judge whether design matters.

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011

Nearly 100 shortlisted designs across the fields of architecture, product, furniture, graphics, fashion, interactive and transport design will be on show at the museum until 7 August 2011.

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011

The seven category winners are due to be announced on Monday 28 February and the overall winner will be announced at a ceremony on 15 March.

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011

See the full shortlist in our earlier story.

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011

See also:

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year winner 2010
Brit Insurance Designs of the Year winner 2009
Brit Insurance Designs of the Year winner 2008

Exhibition photographs are by Luke Hayes.

Here are some more details from the Design Museum:


Showcasing a year in design, the fourth annual Brit Insurance Design Awards features 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.

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011

Industry experts have nominated innovative and engaging designs from around the world across seven categories: Architecture, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Interactive, Product and Transport. 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. We are pleased to announce that Bill Moggeridge, Director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York will also join this year’s jury.

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011

The nominations will be on show at the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Exhibition at the Design Museum from 16 February – 7 August 2011. From this comprehensive list, the jury will select the seven category winners to be announced on 28 February 2011. The overall Brit Insurance Design of the Year will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 15 March 2011 and this year’s awards trophy will be exclusively designed by Ross Lovegrove.

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 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."

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011

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Winner 2010:
Min-Kyu Choi
Winner 2009
Shepard Fairey
Winner 2008:
Yves BĂ©har