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Competition: three DesignPOP books to be won

Competition: we're giving away three copies of DesignPOP, the new product design book by My Design Life founder Lisa S Roberts (+ movie).

Congratulations to the winners! Tiago Sandim from Portugal, Jesse Nguyen from Canada and Petrus Maree from South Africa all won a copy of DesignPOP.

DesignPOP features 82 stand-out projects from the 21st century, including work by industrial designer James Dyson, Dutch designer Hella Jongerius and lighting designer Stuart Haygarth.

DesignPop book by Lisa S. Roberts
This image and throughout: spread from DesignPOP

The 216-page book was borne out of a 2011 television documentary called My Design Life, which followed Roberts as she visited museums, exhibits, trade fairs and design stores, looking for new and innovative product design.

DesignPop book by Lisa S. Roberts

"My mission is to spread the gospel of good design in a way that is accessible to everyone," said Roberts. "It is the culmination of years of exploration of design through my books, TV show, lectures, website, collections, and travels."

DesignPop book by Lisa S. Roberts

Printed with a striking neon pink vinyl cover, DesignPOP contains original photography, designer biographies and a shopping guide.

DesignPop book by Lisa S. Roberts

Featured projects were selected for their functionality, technology, sustainability or use of new materials.

DesignPop book by Lisa S. Roberts

"Great design succeeds in form, function and emotion, said Roberts. "Functionality is objective – how well does the object perform its task. Form and emotionality are subjective."

DesignPop book by Lisa S. Roberts

Three winners will be chosen and each one will receive a copy of DesignPOP.

Find out more about DesignPOP or buy the book »

This competition is now closed. Three winners will be selected at random and notified by email. The winners' names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeen Mail newsletter and at the top of this page. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country.

Here's more information from the publisher:

DesignPOP is an unusual book among its genre. Housed in a neon pink-padded vinyl cover, it entertains with pithy product descriptions and engages the eye with original and humorously narrative photography. With approachable text, it appeals to a broad audience, not just the 'in-the-know' design crowd.

DesignPop book by Lisa S. Roberts

DesignPOP presents 82 game-changing products, created since the year 2000, that push the boundaries of any expectations. Whether they pioneer the use of a new material or production process, take sustainability to the next level of design, or innovate in technology and functionality, each product is important in its own right.

This witty yet insightful overview highlights why a design is good and why we should pay attention to it. What makes it stand out from its competition? How does it introduce a new idea? And, ultimately, can it improve our lives? Whether it is a bladeless fan by James Dyson, the iPhone from Apple or the design for a pill bottle for Target, DesignPOP demonstrates how game-changing designs are popping up everywhere in our lives.

DesignPop book by Lisa S. Roberts

The book was created as a result of Roberts' 2011 TV series My Design Life – a docu-series that followed Lisa and her team as they visited museums, exhibits, trade fairs and design stores, and lead to the gathering of ideas and inspiration for the products featured in DesignPOP.

DesignPOP book

Using 95 per cent original photography, designer biographies, a "where to shop" guide along with resources for each product, DesignPOP acts as a bridge between the world of design and the general public, and encourages the reader to explore the design world around them and the products within that world. With featured works from Frank Gehry, the Campana brothers, Hella Jongerius, Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Jasper Morrison, James Dyson and more—there are a wealth of examples of radical and innovative designs. Detailed to look like a product itself, DesignPOP can act as both a gift and a resource.

About the authorDesignPOP front cover
About the author

A high-design enthusiast and connoisseur, Roberts began her career as an architect. After six years, she left the field to pursue her professional interests in product and graphic design. Most recently, she has designed products for museum stores, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum, among others. In the early 1980s Roberts began collecting contemporary product design objects, which she calls "Antiques of the Future." In 2006, Roberts published a book by the same title and, since that time, has traveled throughout the country speaking on the subject of design. In addition, Roberts serves on the executive committee and as a trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and as a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.