Designs of the Year celebrates 8 years of 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 of the Year Award for 2015.
The 2015 Designs of the Year curator Gemma Curtain shared this about the winner, ‘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 recognize and award design that can significantly impact society now and in the future’.
The “Human Organs-on-Chips” team 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 in form, arresting in concept and pioneering in application.’
There were a total of 76 nominees in over 6 categories including:
This category includes the most important collections, accessories, fashion shows, exhibitions, films, costumes and individual pieces from students.
This category represents the fullest range of the build environment from small scale domestic to public parks.
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.
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.
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.
This category looks at more than planes, trains and automobiles (though, these are important too).