Design Council announces Prince Philip Designers Prize 2010 nominees

27 October 2010
London (United Kingdom) - Designers responsible for the 2012 Olympics Aquatic Centre, Burberry macs, Formula One cars, the first laptop computer and the motorway signage system are among the nominees for this year's prestigious Prince Philip Designers Prize.
London (United Kingdom) - Designers responsible for the 2012 Olympics Aquatic Centre, Burberry macs, Formula One cars, the first laptop computer and the motorway signage system are among the nominees for this year's prestigious Prince Philip Designers Prize.

The Prince Philip Designers Prize is Britain's longest-running design award. It recognises designers for raising the status of design and improving everyday life by turning ideas into commercial reality.

The glittering line-up of 2010 nominees includes globally renowned avant-garde fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, designer of the futuristic London 2012 Aquatic Centre Zaha Hadid, inventor of the United Kingdom's signage system for motorways and airports Margaret Calvert, Burberry's chief Creative Director Christopher Bailey and visionary designer of the world's first ever laptop Bill Moggridge.

The nine contenders have set standards in disciplines from graphic, interaction and furniture design to fashion, architecture and engineering. And they include some of the most revered and influential figures in UK design.

The winner of the Prize, which recognises an outstanding contribution to United Kingdom business and society through design, will be announced by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at a ceremony at the Design Council on Tuesday 9 November.

This year's finalists cover a wide range of disciplines - from industrial and fashion design to engineering and graphics - and between them provide a snapshot of the creative and commercial strengths of the UK design industry which can be glimpsed on the Design Council's website: www.designcouncil.org.uk/ppdp

The full list of nominees is:
  • Christopher Bailey MBE - Chief Creative Director of Burberry who has transformed this trad British clothes manufacturer into one of the world's hottest fashion labels
  • Neville Brody - one of Britain's most revered and influential graphic designers
  • Margaret Calvert - graphic designer and creator of Britain's signage systems for motorways and airports
  • Zaha Hadid CBE – visionary architect known worldwide for her boldly innovative deconstructivism
  • Eva Jiricna CBE RA – renowned architect and designer known for interiors and architectural projects at the V&A, Prague Castle and the Lloyds Building
  • John Makepeace OBE - celebrated designer of quintessentially English furniture
  • Bill Moggridge RDI – pioneer of interaction design and responsible for the world's first laptop computer
  • Adrian Newey - Formula 1's most respected engineering designer and aerodynamicist
  • Dame Vivienne Westwood RDI - fashion designer whose journey from rebellious queen of punk to doyenne of immaculate tailoring has raised the international profile of British fashion design

David Kester, Chief Executive of the Design Council, said: "This year's nominees demonstrate the extraordinary breadth and versatility of Britain's design talent, from the fearless avant-gardists to world-class technologists and engineers and those whose commercial genius drives our economic success."

The Prince Philip Designers Prize, which last year celebrated its 50th anniversary, has been in existence since the early days of the Design Council. It was created by HRH as a response to post-war austerity, and aimed to stimulate and reward elegant solutions to design problems.

Former winners of the Prize include Thomas Heatherwick (2006); the architect Lord Foster of Thamesbank (2004); Habitat founder Sir Terence Conran (2003); Pentagram founder Kenneth Grange (2001) and inventor Sir James Dyson (1997).



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About the Prince Philip Designers Prize

The Prince Philip Designers Prize is Britain's longest-running design award. It recognises designers for raising the status of design and improving everyday life by turning ideas into commercial reality.