The UK Designer of the Year award nominees have been announced. Voting is now open for the award, won last year by Jonathan Ive of iPod fame.

The public will vote for the Designer of the Year – the Design Museum's annual award for the UK designer who has made the biggest contribution to design in the past year. This year’s nominees, competing for the £25,000 design prize are Daniel Brown, Sam Buxton, Paul Cocksedge and Craig Johnston – whose work will be exhibited at the Design Museum from March 6 to June 13 this year.

According to the Design Museum, Daniel Brown was chosen for his Web site designs, Sam Buxton for his miniaturized MIKRO characters, Paul Cocksedge for his lights and former footballer Craig Johnstone was shortlisted for The Pig – a new boot developed as a successor to his best-selling Adidas Predator. Last year’s winner was Jonathan Ive, head of design at Apple and designer of the iMac and iPod.

The public can vote for their favourite designer at the Design Museum exhibition and online at www.designmuseum.org. The public vote will count towards the choice of winner along with votes from four jurors: Jonathan Ive; architect David Adjaye; Brook Hodge of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; and Neil Stevenson, editor of The Face magazine. The winner will be announced on May 24, 2004.