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Innovation By Design Awards 2015

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.

See past winners: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Innovation By Design 2015 Categories

Graphic Design

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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.
Judges: Wyatt Mitchell, Rosanne Somerson, Bobby Martin

Winners

MIT Media Lab Identity

MIT Media Lab Identity

The MIT Media Lab identity, developed Pentagram's Michael Bierut and Aron Fay, uses a flexible 7-by-7 grid as a baseline for creating myriad, cohesive marques across each of the Lab's 23 research groups. It references Muriel Cooper's minimalist 7-bar logo for MIT Press—in use since 1962—to create a field for 1-bit letterforms that can stand next to Helvetica, a typeface once integral to MIT's identity.

Finalists

Airbnb Rebrand

Airbnb Rebrand

Cornell Tech: The Twist

Cornell Tech: The Twist

Discover.Typography

Discover.Typography

IFC Network Branding

IFC Network Branding

Mutant Font

Mutant Font

Norway's New Banknotes

Norway's New Banknotes

Obsidian

Obsidian

Officeus Identity

Officeus Identity

Sound Meets Type

Sound Meets Type

Sweden Sans

Sweden Sans

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