The Design Museum has picked a winner from the 76 nominees for this year's Designs of the Year awards – which included an eclectic mix of architecture, publications, products and campaigns: from design monographs, hilarious animations with a serious point to innovative apps, devices and a smattering of Lego.

The overall winner was the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan – designed by the architect Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win the prize.

Like last year's winner, the Gov.uk website – and arguably without hindsight the previous year's Olympic Torch – this is a choice that will split critics and commentators (and generate lots of attention for the museum). The HAC is an undeniably beautiful and innovative piece of architecture, but – as Creative Review's Patrick Burgoyne points out – glorifies a despot in a country where human rights abuses are still occuring.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to the nominated projects.