Enter The 2015 Innovation By Design Awards

Enter by April 1 for a special early-bird rate.

I’m pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries to the fourth annual Innovation by Design Awards. Innovation by Design honors the best examples of design and business working in concert. Finalists appear on Co.Design, and winners are announced in the October 2015 issue of Fast Company magazine.

We have 14 categories this year, including four additions that reflect some of the most important challenges facing designers and business leaders today (scroll down for a complete list, plus last year's winners). Entries will be judged on their functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, depth of user insight, cultural impact, and business impact. A growing roster of judges includes designers and design-minded executives from companies such as Facebook, Starbucks, Dropbox, Quirky, Pentagram, and SOM. The deadline to enter is May 5. Submit by April 1 for an early-bird rate of $100 ($40 for students).

3-D Printing (NEW) Groundbreaking designs built using 3-D printing techniques.

City Solutions (formerly Spaces) Ideas for improving cities, including urban design, architecture, installations, and digital interfaces. See last year’s finalists.

Data Visualization Visual representations of data and other information. Includes static and interactive design. See last year’s finalists.

Experience 3-D communication design that takes into account the various ways users interact with a brand, service, or product. See last year’s finalists.

Experimental Non-commercial concepts, prototypes, and other projects. See last year’s finalists.

Fashion (NEW) Breakthrough ideas in fashion, including products and services.

Graphic 2-D communication design such as typography, illustration, and visual identity. See last year’s finalists.

Health Consumer-facing health and well-being design, including apps, medical devices, fitness trackers, and athletic equipment. See last year’s finalists.

Mobile Apps (formerly Apps) Commercially available interactive worlds explored using phones, tablets, and touchscreens. See last year’s finalists.

Products Items geared toward mass consumers and niche markets. See last year’s finalists.

Smart Home (NEW) Devices and services that allow our homes to respond to and even predict our needs.

Social Good Projects designed to positively impact developing countries or underprivileged communities. See last year’s finalists.

Students Work created any time during your studies, or within two years of their end. See last year’s finalists.

Web Design (NEW) Interactive experiences built for the web.

For full competition details, see the rules and FAQs.

[Photos: Celine Grouard for Fast Company]

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