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The fifth annual Designs of the Year exhibition is open, showcasing 89 nominations on the top floor of London’s Design Museum. Designs of the Year is the Design Museum’s “annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward-looking work in design of all kinds, from around the world.”

The objects on display throughout the seven categories – architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport – represent an anthropological snapshot of the last year through the eyes of design. Notable and newsworthy nominees include Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, surely an icon of 2011 and the Olympic velodrome alongside 87 others. A winner for each category will be selected by an international jury and one overall winner is awarded Design of the Year, due to be announced in April 2012.

The exhibition was designed by Michael Marriott, curated by Gemma Curtin and Ria Hawthorn, and project managed by Melanie Spencer alongside exhibition graphics by A Practice for Everyday Life. Says Hawthorn, “From the everyday practicality of a carefully crafted dining chair to the thought-provoking solar powered 3D printing machine that points to the future, this year’s nominees reflect the diversity of design in all its forms, showcasing designs that will have an impact on our everyday and future lives.”

The exhibition demonstrates a diverse retrospective of the year with a myriad of objects representing the nominees; from consumer products to Olympic icons and fine furniture, the common narrative is “a spirit of innovation – and a growing concern with social issues” (via theguardian.co.uk). Although the categories and entries are disparate and varied it is all design, “purpose of the show is in part to remind us of the enormous scope of design and the many ways it can touch our lives, from the life-saving to the life-enhancing.” (via Creative Review).

The nominations for the graphic design category are:

AA files by John Morgan studio,

Beauty Is In The Street, A Visual Record Of The May ‘68 Paris Uprising (Four Corners Books) Image by Michael Harvey cover designed by John Morgan.

Comedy Carpet in Blackpool, by Gordon Young and And Why Not Associates

Cover artwork and video for Join Us by They Might Be Giants, New York, USA by Paul Sahre

Cut it Out, Noma Bar by Outline Editions

Matthew Hilton identity and website by Spin.

Nokia Pure Font by Dalton Maag.

One Thousand Cranes for Japan – Concept by Anomaly and Unit 9

Photo lettering, by House Industries

GFSmith Digital campaign by Sea Design

The exhibition runs until July 15th 2012 and can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #DOTY.