April 27 2012 | 4:21 pm
British Design for the V&A
Some 55 years ago the Council of Industrial Design (later the Design Council) held an award in recognition of the best designed products of the year from 1957 to 1988 – anything from cutlery to chairs to street lights. Fast forward 55 years and the V&A asked a group of Sheffield based designers (us) to put together a book about these awards. They, along with the Design Council, held a collection of photographs featuring winning entries and wanted a publication to show them off in conjunction with their massive design retrospective: British Design 1948 – 2012. The content is split into two parts: a chronological list of winners from each year and information about each specific subject area – Furniture, textiles industrial design and so on. Our solution with this mixed bag of content was to design a two in one book: look through it from page 1 to 108 and you get a chronological list of the winners. Flick through it from back to front and you land on shorter pages telling you about the specific design types. Clever eh? You can try it for yourself by picking up a copy for the bargain price of £14.99 from the V&A shop.