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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.

The 2014 Finalists are here, and are featured in the pages of the October issue of Fast Companymagazine (circulation 725,000) and on Co.Design (averaging 3 million unique visitors per month), and winners are announced at an awards ceremony on October 15, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

2014 Categories

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

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

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

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

Graphic (formerly 2-D) - 2-D communication design such as typography, illustration, and visual identity. See finalists >> | 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. See finalists >>

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

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

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

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

2014 Judges

Paola Antonelli


Gadi Amit


Rinat Aruh


Ayse Birsel

Birsel + Seck

Moira Cullen


Fred Dust


James Dyson


John Edson


Nicholas Felton


Karin Fong

Wonderland Sound & Vision

Laura Guido-Clark

LG-C Design

Cesar A. Hidalgo


Jessica Hische

Daily Drop Cap

Jamer Hunt

The New School

David Lauren

Ralph Lauren

John Maeda

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Ethan Marcotte

Debbie Millman

Sterling Brands

Ivan Poupyrev


Jeneanne Rae


Matt Rolandson


Tina Roth Eisenberg


Lorna Ross

Mayo Clinic

Ravi Sawhney

RKS Design

James Sommerville

Coca Cola

Dr. Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA

University of Washington

Tristan Walker

Walker & Co.

Clive Wilkinson

Clive Wilkinson Architects

Scott Wilson