The 76 nominees for this year's Designs of the Year awards include an eclectic mix of publications, products and campaigns: from design monographs, hilarious animations with a serious point to innovative apps, devices and a smattering of Lego.

As usual, the Design Museum's awards are split across Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. A winner is chosen in each category, with an overall winner chosen from them.

Three projects that immediately stand out due to their profile in the creative community – and beyond – include the CityMapper app we’ve all come to rely on for getting around London, and the Nest Protect networked smoke detector that's become a poster child for the Internet of Things (and led to its creator Nest being bought by Google). Another unsurprising entry is the Dumb Ways To Die animated film (with annoyingly/charmingly catchy song) to promote rail safety in New Zealand that won big at both the D&AD Awards and Cannes Lions in 2013 (poster right). It's nominated in the Digital category.

Also nominated are Chris Ware’s superb Building Stories, a beautifully illustrated story told across comics, newspapers, pamphlets and more; the monograph of M/M (Paris), designed by Graphic Thought Facility, the Oculus Rift, a Lego Calendar and the GoPro Hero 3 Black video camera.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to see more of the nominated work.