• Innovation By Design Awards/Conference 2014
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    Deadline: Monday, May 5th, 2014

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    New York City, October 2014

    Overview IBD2014

    What is Innovation by Design?

    The 2014 Innovation By Design Awards and Conference brings together problem solvers from the worlds of business and design to explore the newest ideas in everything from apps to architecture. This intimate gathering starts with a half-day conference, and concludes with a cocktail party and awards ceremony recognizing the smartest, most ambitious, most inventive design working in concert with business and culture.

    The awards have become the preeminent honor bestowed on innovative solutions in the world of design and business. Winners and finalists are featured on Co.Design as well as in a special design issue of Fast Company magazine. The winners are announced at a ceremony in October.

    The conference, which takes place earlier the same day, is a forum for the newest thinking in the field of design. Healthy debates among domain experts are mingled with fresh ideas from the forefront of business and culture. Where is design headed? Find out by attending Innovation By Design.


    Awards IBD2014

    About the awards

    The 2014 Innovation By Design Awards bestow honors on designers and businesses that have worked together to solve the problems of today and tomorrow, achieving outcomes that neither could do alone. The competition, now in its third year, includes 10 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), Co.Design (averaging 2.5 million unique visitors per month) and winners are announced at an awards ceremony in October 2014. Last year’s winners included Google, Wolff Olins, and TYIN tegnestue Architects. A complete list of 2013's finalists can be seen here and the winners are listed here.

    The deadline to enter this year's Innovation By Design Awards is Monday, May 5, 2014. (Read the official rules)

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    2014 Categories

    Apps (formerly Interactive) - Commercially available interactive worlds explored using phones, computers, tablets, and touch screens. See last year's finalists and winners >> | Watch a video of last year's winner >>

    Data Visualization (NEW) - Visual representations of data and other information. Includes static and interactive design.

    Experience (NEW) - 3-D communication design that takes into account the multifaceted ways users interact with a brand, service, or product.

    Experimental (formerly Concepts) - Prototypes and other projects that have not yet been commercialized. See last year's finalists and winners >> | Watch a video of last year's winner >>

    Graphic (formerly 2-D) - 2-D communication design such as typography, illustration, and visual identity. See last year's finalists and winners >> | Watch a video of last year's winner >>

    Health (NEW) - Consumer-facing health and well-being design, including apps, medical devices, fitness trackers, and athletic equipment.

    Products - Consumer-friendly innovations, including gadgets, accessories, furniture, vehicles, and more. See last year's finalists and winners >> | Watch a video of last year's winner >>

    Social Good - Projects designed to positively impact developing countries or underprivileged communities. See last year's finalists and winners >> | Watch a video of last year's winner >>

    Spaces - The built environment, including architecture, interior design, installations, and urban design. See last year's finalists and winners >> | Watch a video of last year's winner >>

    Students - Work created anytime during undergraduate or graduate school, or within two years after. See last year's finalists and winners >> | Watch a video of last year's winner >>

    2014 Judges

    Paola Antonelli


    Rinat Aruh


    Ayse Birsel

    Birsel + Seck

    Moira Cullen


    Fred Dust


    John Edson


    Nicholas Felton


    Karin Fong

    Wonderland Sound & Vision

    Laura Guido-Clark

    LG-C Design

    Jessica Hische

    Daily Drop Cap

    Jamer Hunt

    The New School

    John Maeda

    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

    Debbie Millman

    Sterling Brands

    Jeneanne Rae


    Matt Rolandson


    Tina Roth Eisenberg


    Lorna Ross

    Mayo Clinic

    Ravi Sawhney

    RKS Design

    James Sommerville

    Coca Cola

    Clive Wilkinson

    Clive Wilkinson Architects

    Scott Wilson


    Conference IBD2014

    About The Conference

    “Good design is good business.” For the past 10 years, Thomas Watson Jr.'s classic statement has served as a point of departure for Fast Company's peerless design coverage. Last year's Innovation By Design Conference brought together the world’s best designers and design-minded business leaders to practically consider The Business Impact of Good Design. Stay tuned for information on this year's conference to be held in October. And for last year's speakers, see below.

    2013 Speakers

    Mike Abbott

    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

    Angela Ahrendts


    Gadi Amit


    Jake Barton

    Local Projects

    Yves Behar


    Joe Gebbia


    Ben Gibson

    Pop Chart Lab

    Karl Heiselman

    Wolff Olins

    John Hoke


    Debbie Millman

    Sterling Brands

    Patrick Mulligan

    Pop Chart Lab

    Jill Nussbaum

    The Barbarian Group

    Isabelle Olsson

    Google Glass

    Eddie Opara


    Mark Parker


    Hosain Rahman


    Janette Sadik-Khan

    Department of Transportation, NYC

    Ian Spalter


    Evan Sharp


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