The annual prize rewards the best in Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport design.
Designs of the Year is known for celebrating the innovative, the original and even the amusing. True to form, the 2014 shortlist features a floating school in a Nigerian lagoon, 'friendly' lamposts and the Dumb Ways To Die app, in which cute characters meet their grizzly end - reportedly a favourite of Kate Moss.
Selected by an expert panel, nominees include the discernable Zaha Hadid, John Pawson, Stephen Jones, David Chipperfield and Miuccia Prada, as well as crowd-funded start ups and student projects. What is apparent from this year's shortlist is the stratospheric rise of smartphone technology.
Among the finalists are the Portable Eye Examination Kit which uses smartphones to facilitate eye care in developing countries and a fire alarm that texts to let you know everything's OK.
Visitors to the exhibition have a chance to cast their vote, with a special award going to the design that proves most popular. Meanwhile, two of the designs will fight it out each day on the online social vote platform, inviting opinion from participants across the globe.