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Innovation by Design Awards 2015

This year’s entries were as strong as we’ve ever seen, with over 1,500 projects from across the globe. In the eyes of our esteemed judges, the projects you'll find below were the best of the best. There were only 13 winners anointed in the entire competition. Each of them represent what's best about design today: Big ideas, meticulously thought out details, and a clear viewpoint about how we live now—and how it could be better. There's more: On top of those 12 honorees, you can find equally inspiring work, in the finalists for each of the 13 categories, which are linked below.
3D Printing

This year, Fast Company gave 3D Printing it's own category in the Innovation By Design Awards, to recognize all the ferment in the industry. The finalists and winner below all use 3D printing to rethink major categories, from the way our buildings are constructed to the way movies are made.

Honorable Mentions
City Solutions

More than half of the world's population lives in cities and that number will jump to 66 percent by 2050. Now, more than ever, it's imperative to think about more efficient, more livable urban design. The finalists in our 2015 Innovation By Design Award vary in scale and scope, but they all represent inspiring collaborations between private industry and the public realm.

Honorable Mentions
Data Visualization

We have more access to large swaths of information than ever, but it's all but useless if it isn't packaged and presented in way we can all understand. This has pushed data visualization into the spotlight, and whether it's helping kids learn, helping city officials make better decisions, or helping to make sense of Miles Davis' massive catalog, this year's finalists and winner offer a good look at the future of this space.

Honorable Mentions
Experience

Good design goes beyond the simple act of imbuing a product with visual beauty or perfect functionality. It's also about making someone feel satisfaction, excitement, or comfort while interacting with it. That's where experience design comes in, and this year's finalists and winner exemplify this facet by updating the museum visit for the 21st century, making your flight less miserable, or making it easier to navigate through complicated spaces.

Honorable Mentions
Experimental

Crazy experiments often presage what becomes the norm. That's why the Experimental category in the Innovation by Design Awards is so important: the brave, innovative, and sometimes oddball ideas presented help inspire us all. Our finalists below tackle big ideas, ranging from a digital locket that stores cherished memories to a personal heating system that follows you around, thus cutting energy costs.

WINNERS
Honorable Mentions
Fashion

This year's Innovation by Design Awards brought with it several new categories, including Fashion. We included it because the industry is more dynamic, and more complicated, than ever before. The finalists and winner below tackle big themes, ranging from how you use big data to make clothes fit better, to how we might live in outer space. (You read that right.)

WINNERS
Honorable Mentions
Graphic Design

It wasn't long ago when graphic design was all most people thought of when they heard "design." Design's myriad other disciplines are roaring now. Yet graphic design hasn't languished. It has bloomed. The 2015 Innovation By Design finalists prove that graphic design has more opportunity for impact than ever, as institutional liveries now live not just on signs and letterhead, but in apps and physical installations that span landscapes, and typefaces can breathe and grow in response to their environments.

Honorable Mentions
Health

Healthcare was once ruled by doctors and an opaque subject for patients. Now, information is making the industry more transparent for everyone involved. The innovations lauded below arm people with more intel about and technology for the body and aspire to create better health and wellness en masse.

Honorable Mentions
Mobile Apps

The finalists and winner in the mobile category of this year's Innovation by Design Award don't share much. But they all exemplify one core idea: Tiny details make the best mobile designs sing, because those tiny details take on outsize importance. For example, Acorns, a finance app, is clever, but its elegant onboarding process helps make it memorable; likewise, Google's Inbox is an email program with big ideas packed into very simple folders.

WINNERS
Honorable Mentions
Smart Home

Sure, the connected home offers security, convenience, and peace of mind, but it also represents a way to make our living spaces more responsive to our individual needs and provides moments of delight. The products outlined here, from smart baby monitors to sleek sound systems, make our homes work better for us.

Honorable Mentions
Social Good

Design and design thinking have become essential tools for social entrepreneurs. This years Innovation by Design Award finalists represent stirring responses to myriad challenges, from our ailing oceans to internet access in remote communities.

Honorable Mentions
Students

The kids are alright. This year's Innovation By Design awards were marked by a particularly awesome set of student entries. Many of them are tantalizingly close to becoming great products; others offer a working prototype of what the future might hold.

WINNERS
Honorable Mentions
Web Design

There's nothing the web can't do. This year's finalist and winner in the web category of the Innovation By Design Awards represent a range of novel design solutions, from busting internet rumors before they go viral (Emergent) to reimagining office-communication without email (Slack) to using AI to help design page layouts (The Grid).

WINNERS
Honorable Mentions

Past Innovation by Design Awards

Innovation By Design Awards 2015

This year’s entries were as strong as we’ve ever seen, with over 1,500 projects from across the globe. In the eyes of our esteemed judges, the projects you'll find below were the best of the best. There were only 13 winners anointed in the entire competition. Each of them represent what's best about design today: Big ideas, meticulously thought out details, and a clear viewpoint about how we live now—and how it could be better. There's more: On top of those 12 honorees, you can find equally inspiring work, in the finalists for each of the 13 categories, which are linked below.
3D Printing

This year, Fast Company gave 3D Printing it's own category in the Innovation By Design Awards, to recognize all the ferment in the industry. The finalists and winner below all use 3D printing to rethink major categories, from the way our buildings are constructed to the way movies are made.

Honorable Mentions
City Solutions

More than half of the world's population lives in cities and that number will jump to 66 percent by 2050. Now, more than ever, it's imperative to think about more efficient, more livable urban design. The finalists in our 2015 Innovation By Design Award vary in scale and scope, but they all represent inspiring collaborations between private industry and the public realm.

Honorable Mentions
Data Visualization

We have more access to large swaths of information than ever, but it's all but useless if it isn't packaged and presented in way we can all understand. This has pushed data visualization into the spotlight, and whether it's helping kids learn, helping city officials make better decisions, or helping to make sense of Miles Davis' massive catalog, this year's finalists and winner offer a good look at the future of this space.

Honorable Mentions
Experience

Good design goes beyond the simple act of imbuing a product with visual beauty or perfect functionality. It's also about making someone feel satisfaction, excitement, or comfort while interacting with it. That's where experience design comes in, and this year's finalists and winner exemplify this facet by updating the museum visit for the 21st century, making your flight less miserable, or making it easier to navigate through complicated spaces.

Honorable Mentions
Experimental

Crazy experiments often presage what becomes the norm. That's why the Experimental category in the Innovation by Design Awards is so important: the brave, innovative, and sometimes oddball ideas presented help inspire us all. Our finalists below tackle big ideas, ranging from a digital locket that stores cherished memories to a personal heating system that follows you around, thus cutting energy costs.

WINNERS
Honorable Mentions
Fashion

This year's Innovation by Design Awards brought with it several new categories, including Fashion. We included it because the industry is more dynamic, and more complicated, than ever before. The finalists and winner below tackle big themes, ranging from how you use big data to make clothes fit better, to how we might live in outer space. (You read that right.)

WINNERS
Honorable Mentions
Graphic Design

It wasn't long ago when graphic design was all most people thought of when they heard "design." Design's myriad other disciplines are roaring now. Yet graphic design hasn't languished. It has bloomed. The 2015 Innovation By Design finalists prove that graphic design has more opportunity for impact than ever, as institutional liveries now live not just on signs and letterhead, but in apps and physical installations that span landscapes, and typefaces can breathe and grow in response to their environments.

Honorable Mentions
Health

Healthcare was once ruled by doctors and an opaque subject for patients. Now, information is making the industry more transparent for everyone involved. The innovations lauded below arm people with more intel about and technology for the body and aspire to create better health and wellness en masse.

Honorable Mentions
Mobile Apps

The finalists and winner in the mobile category of this year's Innovation by Design Award don't share much. But they all exemplify one core idea: Tiny details make the best mobile designs sing, because those tiny details take on outsize importance. For example, Acorns, a finance app, is clever, but its elegant onboarding process helps make it memorable; likewise, Google's Inbox is an email program with big ideas packed into very simple folders.

WINNERS
Honorable Mentions
Smart Home

Sure, the connected home offers security, convenience, and peace of mind, but it also represents a way to make our living spaces more responsive to our individual needs and provides moments of delight. The products outlined here, from smart baby monitors to sleek sound systems, make our homes work better for us.

Honorable Mentions
Social Good

Design and design thinking have become essential tools for social entrepreneurs. This years Innovation by Design Award finalists represent stirring responses to myriad challenges, from our ailing oceans to internet access in remote communities.

Honorable Mentions
Students

The kids are alright. This year's Innovation By Design awards were marked by a particularly awesome set of student entries. Many of them are tantalizingly close to becoming great products; others offer a working prototype of what the future might hold.

WINNERS
Honorable Mentions
Web Design

There's nothing the web can't do. This year's finalist and winner in the web category of the Innovation By Design Awards represent a range of novel design solutions, from busting internet rumors before they go viral (Emergent) to reimagining office-communication without email (Slack) to using AI to help design page layouts (The Grid).

WINNERS
Honorable Mentions

Past Innovation by Design Awards