The Future Is Here:
A New Industrial Revolution

A new exhibition at the Design Museum seeks to demonstrate that the boundaries between designer, maker and consumer are disappearing. Collaboration with the Technology Strategy Board delivers a major new exhibition about the sweeping changes in manufacturing that are transforming our world. ‘Future is Here’ shows that how we manufacture, fund and distribute will revolutionise the role of the consumer.

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GOV.UK Wins
Design Of The Year 2013

The website GOV.UK has won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award 2013. This revolutionary website designed by the Government Digital Service (GDS) combines all of the UK government’s websites into a single domain.

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The jury unanimously agreed that GOV.UK was the overall winner, for its well thought out yet understated design, making the user experience faster and easier. The website is regarded as one of the leading government websites in the world.

Deyan Sudjic, Director of Design Museum adds, GOV.UK is a remarkable success on so many levels. It makes life better for millions of people coping with the everyday chores, from getting a new passport, to paying their taxes. It’s a reflection of the government understanding how to communicate with the country in a way that works. The rest of the world is deeply impressed, and because it has rationalised multiple official websites, it saves the taxpayer millions, what’s not to like?’

Category Winners for
Designs of the Year 2013

The Design Museum has announced the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the best of international design from the last 12 months. The overall winner for the Design of The Year 2013 will be announced on Wednesday 16 April at an awards evening held at The Angler, South Place Hotel, London.

The Seven Category winners are:

Architecture: TOUR BOIS-LE-PRÊTRE, PARIS Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal

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Designs Of The Year 2013
At The Design Museum

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The much-anticipated Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition is open, showcasing the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world. The Design Museum invited a selection of trusted friends and colleagues to nominate their favourite projects from the past 12 months. These are practicing architects and designers, academics and design tutors, journalists and writers, plus curators from other museums and institutions.

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Designs of the Year creates a platform and an opportunity for young designers to be recognised and displayed alongside established design names. Previous winners such as the Folding Plug and the Plumen light bulb have seen prototypes and original ideas become mass manufactured consumer goods sold throughout the world.

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NODE Rugs:
The Design Museum’s
Fairtrade Collection

We briefly mentioned the work of Chris Haughton of NODE, in October 2012, in our summary of Tent London, knowing that we would return to the story to give you greater detail.

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Chris Haughton of NODE

Chris Haughton is a children’s book author and illustrator who has been working in Fairtrade for the past 9 years. In 2010 Chris spent eight months in India and Nepal working with Fairtrade groups. The projects he developed resonated with people and became popular online; he was featured in Eye Magazine, Fast Company and other publications.

More recently he sought the help of Akshay Sthapit, a Kathmandu based entrepreneur with a passion for social projects, to develop a venture making and selling Fairtrade rugs. Together they called themselves NODE.

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Rug design by Chris Haughton

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Design Museum Awards Nominee
2013: 3D Printed Exoskeleton

The Design Museum in London has released its list of the Designs of the Year for their 2013 awards. The nominations include the most innovative and forward-looking design from around the world, falling into seven categories: architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport. A winner from each category is selected by an international jury and an overall winner from the category winners is awarded the Design of the Year.

One nomination that caught our eye is the 3D Printed Exoskeleton ‘Magic Arms’, which is designed at the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Emma Lavelle was born with a genetic condition that causes joints and muscles to be stiff and nearly useless. By the age of two she could move around without a walker, but her arms still hung by her sides, too stiff and weak for her to use.

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