The 2017 Innovation By Design Awards

The 2017 Innovation By Design Awards honor the designers and businesses solving the problems of today and tomorrow. The competition, now in its sixth year, has featured a cross-section of blue-chip companies, scruffy startups, and hungry young talents. It is one of the most sought-after design awards in industry.

There are 13 categories in all, and they’re judged by a sterling selection of designers, business leaders, and Fast Company editors. Entries are judged on the key ingredients of innovation: Functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, depth of user insight, cultural impact, and business impact.

Entrants stand to gain superb exposure on Fast Company: Finalists will appear in 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 Innovation Festival this fall, and receive a complimentary pass; and both winners and finalists will be listed in an online directory of the world’s best design-drivencompanies. See last year’s winners and finalists.

For full competition details, see the rules and FAQs.

The entry period will run from February 28, 2017-May 12, 2017.


Websites and Web Platforms
Web-accessible interactive experiences.
Interactive experiences delivered via app on phone, tablet or touchscreen.
Branded Environments
Architecture and environments that bring to life a brand, service, or product.
Spaces, Places, and Cities
Projects that improve the urban fabric, including urban planning, architecture, and interactive products such as kiosks or apps.
Items geared toward mass consumers and niche markets.
Work created while attending either an undergraduate or graduate program, or within a year of graduation.
Fashion and Beauty (NEW)
Breakthrough ideas in fashion and beauty, including products, environments, and services.
Consumer products geared towards health and well-being, including apps, medical devices, fitness trackers, and athletic equipment.
Social Good
Projects that aid developing countries or underprivileged communities.
Graphic Design and Data Visualization
Visual design that serves a function, from typography to branding to data visualization. Includes both static and interactive design.
Concepts, prototypes, and other projects intended to push boundaries and excite the imagination.
User Experience
Projects that encompass the many stages of an experience from beginning to end, from taking a vacation to visiting the doctor.
General Excellence (NEW)
The most innovative designs with no category restrictions, selected by Fast Company editors.

Our 2017 Judges

Katie Becker (Global Senior Design Director of Athletics and Training, Adidas), Koni Braman (Design Lead, Amazon Books), Jim Bull (Co-founder, Moving Brands), Antoinette D. Carroll (Founder and CEO, Creative Reaction Lab), Matthew Cockerill (Creative Director, Seymourpowell), Andy Cohen (Co-CEO, Gensler), Brendan Cormier (Design Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum), Terry Crews (Actor and Furniture Designer), Paul Dillinger (Head of Global Product Innovation, Levi Strauss & Co.), Ame Elliott (Design Director, Simply Secure), Marcus Engman (Design Manager, IKEA), Behnaz Farahi (PhD candidate, USC), Phil Freelon (North Carolina Design Director, Perkins + Will), Masuma Henry (Chief Operations Officer, Artefact), Molly Heintz (Program Chair, SVA MA Design Research), Doreen Lorenzo (Director, Center for Integrated Design at The University of Texas-Austin), Roman Mars (Host and Creator, 99% Invisible), Netta Marshall (Experience Designer, Airbnb), Justin Garrett Moore (Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission), Stefan Pannenbecker (Vice President, Teague), Emmanuel Plat (Director of Merchandising, MoMA Design Store), Laurie Pressman (Vice President, Pantone Color Institute), Dominique Price (Director, M Moser San Francisco), Amy Schwartz (Design Director, Cards Against Humanity), Victoria Slaker (Vice President of Product Design, Ammunition), Yancey Strickler (CEO, Kickstarter), Kristy Tillman (Head of Communication Design, Slack), Joshua To (Design Director, Google), Khoi Vinh (Principal Designer, Adobe), Mehrdad Yazdani (Design Director, CannonDesign’s Yazdani Studio), Forest Young (Head of Design, Wolff Olins San Francisco)