480_900-9E290454-17D9-4B95-9ADB-475F3A030263Now in its eighth year, Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.

Human Organs-on-Chips, designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, has won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award for 2015.

Gemma Curtin, Designs of the Year 2015 exhibition curator, said: ‘This winning design is a great example of how design is a collaborative practice embracing expertise and know how across disciplines. Its selection as Design of the Year 2015 also signifies a desire to recognise and award design that can significantly impact society now and in the future.’


The Human Organs-on-Chips were nominated by Paola Antonelli, MoMA’s Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and Director of R&D, who called the project ‘the epitome of design innovation – elegantly beautiful form, arresting concept and pioneering application.’

76 nominees over 6 categories: 

Fashion:
Everything from student graduation shows to established fashion houses, this category includes the most important collections, accessories, fashion shows, exhibitions, films, costumes and individual pieces.

Architecture:
This category represents the fullest range of the build environment from small scale domestic to public parks.

Digital:
A wide ranging category that includes projects that may touch on other categories but are included here because it is their digital dimension that makes them interesting.

Graphics:
2D work where graphic design is the key to the project’s success – this could be beautifully executed packaging, books, magazines, identities, digital, films, animation, street art, exhibition design, posters or typefaces.

Product:
This category includes furniture for the first time this year. Unique and mass produced items including toys, packaging, lighting, technology, homewares and healthcare. A seemingly endless range of outstanding objects have been included in this category.

Transport:
This category looks at more than planes, trains and automobiles (though, these are important too).


Recent Coventry graduate Timur Bozca for Young Designer of the Year in the 2015 category 'ShowBoats'
Recent Coventry graduate Timur Bozca for Young Designer of the Year in the 2015 category ‘ShowBoats’
Designs of the Year 2015
25 March 2015 through 25 March 2016
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD United Kingdon
Posted by:Nichelle Cole

Nichelle Cole is the founder & creative director of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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