Since 2015, SAXOPRINT has been a proud supporter of the Design Museum and, in 2016, we became their official print partner. We are excited to provide the museum with all of their creative flyers, folded leaflets, posters etc. The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum dedicated to contemporary design, making them the perfect partner. On November 24th the Design Museum reopened in a new location in South Kensignton, and we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the museum before it opened! If you find yourself in London, we highly recommend a visit to the museum.
Design is multi-faceted, from architecture or fashion to product design; design encompasses many aspects of our modern world. The museum’s permanent exhibit displays all of these aspects throughout the modern era—from historic figures like Bauhaus artist Marcel Breuer and fashion designer Christian Dior to contemporary stars like Apple’s Jonathon Ive.
Beazley Designs of the Year
It is important to recognise that design is constantly evolving, and we should not only focus on the history of design but also the future. One of the museum’s opening exhibitions is the highly anticipated 9th annual Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition, which displays the best designs of 2016. The exhibition celebrates the future of design by displaying the most ground-breaking and creative works of the year. 70 nominations from the fields of architecture, digital media, fashion, graphics, product design, and transport are judged on how they impact society rather than standards of beauty or practicality. According to the Beazley Designs of the Year website, each project is judged on how they:
Promote or deliver change
Capture the spirit of the year
Extend design practice
You can find out more about the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition on their website. There you can see all 70 nominations, pick your favourites and leave your feedback for the design contest. You can also visit the exhibition until February 19th.
Some of our favourite designs from the opening exhibition
Architecture: Better Shelter
One of the defining problems of 2016 is the refugee crisis. A “Better Shelter” is project from the Ikea Foundation from designers Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer, Tim de Haas and Nicolo Barlera. “The refugee crisis is the contemporary society’s biggest challenge, and it will require an enormous amount of innovation to produce long-term improvements in living conditions for refugees.” said Johan Karlsson, Interim Managing Director of Better Shelter.
In the digital age almost everyone has a smart phone and most of us are on our third or fourth phone. But what happens to our old phones? Smart phones (even outdated ones) have sensors that can be used for a multitude of technologies. Phonvert is a community striving to repurpose old smart phones in new and innovative ways.
Fashion: Colección 7
To be forward-thinking doesn’t mean we forget the past. This Mexican fashion house draws inspiration from their cultural heritage looking back to traditional craft.
In 2016 the world lost one of the most iconic artists of our time, David Bowie. The art for his album lived up to his status as a cultural and innovative icon. This simple black on black design can be deceiving, as there are many hidden tricks within the cover art, for example: when the gatefold is exposed to sunlight the stars in the sky appear.
Product: The Drinkable Book
The name alone is intriguing—how can a book be drinkable? This book both raises awareness of the water crisis facing our planet while also offering a tangible solution. The pages of the book can be used as water filters; each one has the capacity to filter up to 100 litres of water.
Lumos – A Next Generation Bicycle Helmet with Integrated Lights, Brake, and Turn Signals. Safety is one of the main reasons people give for not cycling in the UK; this helmet addresses those concerns. The sleek appearance gives the helmet a fashionable and futuristic look while incorporating life-saving technology into its design. The front light allows the cyclist to be seen by oncoming traffic while the integrated red brake light is activated when the cyclist slows down. The yellow indicators on each side communicate the direction the cyclist intends to turn.