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There are few award schemes as vacuous and meaningless as the Designer of the Year

By Grant Gibson   June 2006

So Jamie Hewlett, animator behind the virtual band Gorillaz, is officially Britain’s designer of the year. However, chances are you won’t have noticed. When Apple’s Jonathan Ive won the inaugural event three years ago, it was announced live on national television; since then it has plummeted down the media agenda.

Britain’s design industry, so long in the shadow of fine art and architecture, has had a couple of attempts at creating a prize that would lift it out of the trade magazines and into the nationals. Back in 2001, for example, Perrier Jouet and Selfridges clubbed together in an ill-fated…

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