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Gorillaz cartoonist up for award
Jamie Hewlett's Gorillaz artwork
Gorillaz was created as a swipe at manufactured pop bands
The cartoonist behind animated band Gorillaz has been nominated for the 25,000 Designer of the Year award.

Jamie Hewlett, who co-created the group with ex-Blur star Damon Albarn, is one of four nominees up for the annual prize, organised by the Design Museum.

Other contenders are the humanitarian designer Cameron Sinclair, furniture designer Tom Dixon and the design team behind the Guardian newspaper.

Shortlisted work will go on display at the museum, in London, on 4 March.

The public can vote on the Designer of the Year website before the winner is announced in May.

'Breadth and creativity'

London-born Cameron Sinclair, 32, is nominated for his work with the humanitarian group Architecture for Humanity.

It has been constructing schools, medical clinics and community centres in the aftermath of the tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Pakistan earthquake.

The Guardian's design team, led by creative director Mark Porter, is nominated for the newspaper's redesign in its new Berliner format.

Tom Dixon, 46, who taught himself how to weld metal furniture after quitting art school, was selected for his new furniture and lighting designs.

The judges who nominated the shortlist were chairwoman Alice Rawsthorn, director of the Design Museum; TV presenter Kevin McCloud; Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey; the British Council's head of design Emily Campbell and last year's designer of the year Hilary Cottam.

Mr Bailey said: "The Designer of the Year shortlist is a true indication of the breadth, depth and creativity of design in the UK today.

"Though often not immediately apparent, design affects everything we do. The shortlist reflects this, and the strength of the UK's design talent."




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