Dublin has made the shortlist of just three cities worldwide for the title of World Design Capital 2014.

Dublin, along with Bilbao in Spain and Cape Town in South Africa, was selected from an original entry of 56 cities. The winner will be announced this Autumn.

The four Dublin authorities have combined to work on the bid entitled 'Pivot Dublin, Turn Design Inside Out', which showcases designers in a number of different disciplines including fashion, architecture, graphic design and film.

Dublin City Council Manager John Tierney said successful designation could provide job opportunities and added ‘cities that value and apply design in the way they think, plan and act are more humane, attractive and competitive cities and that is how we want to position Dublin’.

Helsinki will be the next World Design Capital in 2012 in a competition run by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

Turin, which held the title in 2008, is said to have received more visitors that year than it did when it hosted the 2008 Winter Olympics.