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Brit Insurance Design Awards reveals 2010 shortlist

19th January 2010

The shortlist for the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Awards has been announced, with nominees ranging from well-established artists to the less recognisable.

Overseen by the Design Museum, the competition examines the most interesting and forward-looking developments in the past year and has seven categories - architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, products and transport.

Big names such as fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane, familiar landmarks such as the Hutong Bubble 32 building in Beijing and applications including the BBC iPlayer have made the shortlist.

More surprising nominations also feature, such as the album covers for Bjork's Voltaic: Songs From The Volta Tour and Yes by Pet Shop Boys, while life-changing innovations which are not well-known, such as David Constantine's sports wheelchairs, are also present.

Dane Douetil, chief executive of Brit Insurance, commented: 'We continue to marvel at the ways in which good design can improve people's lives, from an elegant reinterpretation of the humble plug to prototype houses for families who lost theirs in Hurricane Katrina.'

Last year's overall winner was graphic designer Shepard Fairey for an iconic poster of US president Barack Obama.

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