Innovation by Design Awards 2015

The 2015 Innovation By Design Awards

The 2015 Innovation By Design Awards bestow honors on designers and businesses that have worked together to solve the problems of today and tomorrow. The competition, now in its fourth year, includes 14 categories, which are judged by a cross-section of established designers and design-minded executives (scroll down for a complete list). Entries are judged on their functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, depth of user insight, cultural impact, and business impact—the key ingredients for any innovation. Finalists are featured in the pages of the October issue of Fast Company magazine (circulation 725,000) and on Co.Design (4.2 million visits per month). Winners will be celebrated at Fast Company's 20th anniversary celebration in New York this November. See last year’s finalists and winners. For full competition details, see the rules and FAQs. Enter now

2015 Categories

Mobile Apps (formerly Apps)
Commercially available interactive worlds explored using phones, tablets, and touch screens. See last year's finalists >>

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
Noncommercial concepts, prototypes, and other projects. See last year's finalists >>

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

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

Graphic (formerly 2-D)
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 >>

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 anytime during your studies, or within two years of their end. See last year's finalists >>

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

2015 Judges

Edgar Arceneaux

Watts House Project

Irene Au

Khosla Ventures

Carl Bass

Autodesk

Caroline Baumann

Cooper Hewitt

Cynthia Breazeal

Jibo

Nadine Chahine

Monotype

Sandy Chilewich

Chilewich

Jonas Damon

Frog

Tama Duffy Day

Gensler

Andrew H. Dent

Material ConneXion

Nicole Dosso

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Matias Duarte

Google

John Edson

Lunar

D’Wayne Edwards

Pensole

Richard Florida

Creative Class Group

Dan Gardner

Code and Theory

Hiroshi Ishii

MIT Media Lab

Ben Kaufman

Quirky

Mark Kawano

Storehouse

Lenny Kravitz

Kravitz Design Inc.

Bobby C. Martin Jr.

OCD

Wyatt Mitchell

The New Yorker

Amanda Parkes

Manufacture NY

Bre Pettis

Bold Machines

Mauro Porcini

PepsiCo

Mark Rolston

Argodesign

Daan Roosegaarde

Studio Roosegaarde

Janette Sadik-Khan

Bloomberg Associates

Leslie Saxon

USC

Andrei Scheinkman

FiveThirtyEight

Paula Scher

Pentagram

Bradford Shellhammer

Bezar

Moritz Stefaner

Lisa Strausfeld

InformationArt

Alice Twemlow

School of Visual Arts

Gentry Underwood

Dropbox

Marissa Webb

Banana Republic

Anouk Wipprecht

Kevin Young

Continuum

Julie Zhuo

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[IBD Logo by Sawdust; Photos: Florida: Jaime Hogge; Sadik-Khan: Olugbenro Photography; Bell: J.R. Mankoff/AUGUST; Scher: Alisa Connan; Baumann: Erin Baiano; Chilewich: Victor Schrager]