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Innovation by Design Awards

The 2016 Innovation By Design Awards

The 2016 Innovation By Design Awards honor the designers and businesses solving the problems of today and tomorrow. The competition, now in its fifth 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 11 categories in all, and they’re judged by a sterling selection of designers and business leaders. 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 November, and receive a complimentary pass; and both winners and finalists will be listed in an online directory of the world’s best design-driven companies.

For full competition details, see the rules and FAQs.

The entry period will run from February 23, 2016-May 5, 2016 DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 13, 2016. Entry period is closed.


Websites and Web Platforms
Web-accessible interactive experiences.
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Interactive experiences delivered via app on phone, tablet or touchscreen.
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Branded Environments(NEW)
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.
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Items geared toward mass consumers and niche markets.
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Work created while attending either an undergraduate or graduate program, or within a year of graduation.
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Consumer products geared towards health and well-being, including apps, medical devices, fitness trackers, and athletic equipment.
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Social Good
Projects that aid developing countries or underprivileged communities.
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Graphic Design and Data Visualization
Visual design that serves a function, from typography to branding to data visualization. Includes both static and interactive design.
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Concepts, prototypes, and other projects intended to push boundaries and excite the imagination.
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User Experience (NEW)
Projects that encompass the many stages of an experience from beginning to end, from taking a vacation to visiting the doctor.


Tim Allen (North American President, Wolff Olins), Irene Au (Design Partner, Khosla Ventures), Caroline Baumann (Director, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum), Jake Barton (Founder, Local Projects), Yves Béhar (Founder, Fuseproject), Dana Cho (Partner, IDEO) Nick de la Mare (Co-founder, Big Tomorrow), August de los Reyes (Design Director, Microsoft), Katie Dill (Head of Experience Design, Airbnb), D’Wayne Edwards (Founder, Pensole), Rob Girling (Co-founder, Artefact), Mauro Martino (Founder, Cognitive Visualization Lab at IBM Watson), Mitch McEwen (Principal, McEwen Studio), Marsha Meredith (Head of Creative, Aesop), Elaine Molinar (Managing Director, Snøhetta), Timothy Nolan (Executive Creative Director, Huge), Emily Oberman (Partner, Pentagram), Alice Rawsthorn (Columnist, International New York Times), Eric Rodenbeck (CEO, Stamen Design), Jordan Shlain (Founder, Healthloop), Geoff Teehan (Product Design Director, Facebook), Ricardo Viramontes (Creative Director, Lyft), Krista Donaldson (CEO, D-Rev), Jonathan Lee (Design Manager, Google), Doreen Lorenzo (Director, Center for Integrated Design, University of Texas-Austin), Jason Mayden (Designer, Accel)