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Photos of the Year: 2013

Fast Company curates the best Photos from our coverage in 2013

  • <p>This image was selected for our <a href="" target="_self">10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People</a> article, it is also the most popular story on Fast Company for the year of 2013.</p>

<p>Artist statement about the photo: "A friend (pictured) and I found ourselves in my home state, Michigan. During our stay I determined it was only necessary to expose her to the erie vibe of Detroit. While touring the city we had stopped at the <a href="" target="_blank">Heidelberg "progect"</a>. We wandered for some time before coming upon a small playground. The pastel purple geo dome stuck out like a sore thumb against the fading sky and dark green lawn. <a href="" target="_blank">Please excuse my foot in the mid-upper left of the photo</a>."</p>
  • <p>Jeff Brown photographs our <a href="" target="_self">Digital Hollywood</a> feature for the April 2013 Issue. Pictured is Jaclyn Shanfeld, 29, CEO of Shop Hers, which lets people buy clothes from one another’s closets. United Talent Agency helped launch the startup, a prime case of Hollywood’s broader definition of entertainment.</p>
  • <p>This photograph by Misha de Ridder captured Marcel Stive (left) and Huib de Vriend on an outcropping they designed to fortify the shoreline. Featured on our "<a href="" target="_self">Against The Tide</a>" story; For centuries, the Netherlands has suffered from catastrophic floods. As the rest of the world now reckons with the same fate, the Dutch are sharing--and selling--what they've learned.</p>
  • <p>Erik Madigan Heck Captures <a href="" target="_self">Pharrell's Productivity Secrets</a></p>
  • <p>Wyne Veen shot a conceptual idea for the original click wheel iPod to accompany our <a href="" target="_self">Oral History Of Apple Design: 1992–2013</a></p>
  • <p>Andreas Laszlo Konrath shot The Troubadour Of Compton, and one of <a href="" target="_self">the Most<br />
Creative People of 2013, Kendrick Lamar</a></p>
  • <p>Larry Fink Shot the <a href="" target="_self">Dynamic Duo Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa,<br />
Cofounders and CEOs of Warby Parker</a></p>
  • <p>Megan Caponetto sculpted a candy-scape that was photographed by Jason<br />
Pietra for our <a href="" target="_self">Most Creative People coverage of Sugarfina</a></p>
  • <p>João Canziani photographed Isabelle Olsson, Google Glass's lead designer for the <a href="" target="_self">How Google Taught Itself Good Design</a></p>
  • <p>This photo by Grant Cornett led our <a href="" target="_self">Body Hackers: Meet The Tech Duo That's Revitalizing The Medical Device Industry</a> feature on fixing the chronic diseases of the Western world by rebooting the surgeries of old (without the gore).</p>
  • <p>Gus Powell found <a href="" target="_self">the Lost Boy, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley</a></p>
  • <p>Photographer Teru Kuwayama captured over 75 images from Afghanistan front-lines for our first Digital feature <a href="" target="_self">Lead Or Die</a>.</p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Ricky Gervais Tells A Story About How He Learned To Write</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">New York's Newest Skyscraper Is 32 Floors Of Prefab Apartments That Click Together</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Stamp-On Circuits Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">These Inspiring Designs Show Our Future Cities Built From Silk And Sand</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Skype Bridges the Gap Between The Virtual And The Real With "Stay Together" Campaign</a> then <a href="" target="_self">made us cry</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Inside GitHub's Super-Lean Management Strategy--And How It Drives Innovation</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Take A Look Inside Warby Parker's New NYC Flagship Store</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">A Photographer Rediscovers The Crumbling Remains Of Tatooine</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Think Your Office Is Soulless? Check Out This Amazon Fulfillment Center</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">The Firefighter: Killer Apps To Keep You Solving Problems</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Why Ideas And Products Become Contagious: The Jonah Berger Formula</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">This Tiny Apartment Is So Tall And Skinny, You Need Ladders To Move Around</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">This Is What New York Looks Like From The Edge Of A Skyscraper</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Remaking Detroit: Can Creative Companies Save an American City on the Brink?</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Matthew Barney Creates A Skateboard That Doubles As A Pencil</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">These 3-D Portraits Were Created Using Only A Person's DNA</a> which led to <a href="" target="_self">An Artist Attempts To 3-D Copy And Print Herself</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">5 Fast Tips For Accelerating Your Online Revenue</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Space As A Creative Muse</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">See Cancer Patients React To Intentionally Ridiculous Makeovers Designed To Make Them LOL</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Why Frank Gehry Is The Perfect Architect For Facebook</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Shocking Revelation: Juggalos Are Humans Too</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">A Photographic Tour Of Earth's Most Bizarre And Beautiful Creatures</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Bauhaus Meets Bacchanalia: The 2013 Innovation By Design Awards After-Party</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Photographing Our World Of Constant Consumption</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Amazing Closeups Of Snowflakes Give A Little Glimpse At How Awesome Nature Is</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">A Chair That Shields You From Snooping Coworkers</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">See Mumford & Sons' Rise to Fame Chronicled In Video</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Incredible Photos From An Urban Explorer's Journeys To The Forbidden Parts Of The City</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">How Experiential Marketing Has Changed In A Social-Local-Mobile World</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">How To Pitch Your Tech Project To Us (And Everyone Else!)</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">See 3-D Paper Art That Should Be Geometrically Impossible</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">See The Tiny Carnivorous Monster That Just Won Olympus's Micro Photo Prize</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Apple MapKit Actually Hiding Something Insanely Great</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Two Apps That Just Get In-Store Behavior</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Beauty Among The Ruins: See Some of the World's Most Beautiful Abandoned Places</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">The Winners Of Red Bull's Action Sports Photography Contest Have Truly Gone To Extremes<br />
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Tracked Since Birth: The Rise Of Extreme Baby Monitoring</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">5 Ways To Thrive During Marketing’s Seismic Shift To Mobile</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Circa’s Object-Oriented Approach To Building The News</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">The Future Of Google’s Plan To Bring The Entire World Internet With Balloons</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">20 Of The Year's Best Microscopic Images</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Condoms, iPads, and Toilet Paper: A Day In The Life Of An eBay Now Deliveryman</a></p>

Plenty of others cast a wide net over the year in photos. These are some of our most innovative moments—in pictures.

In 2013, Fast Company readers met the most creative people, and the leaders behind the most innovative companies. They learned the secrets of productivity (Hint: Unplug!), and got a glimpse of what the future of healthcare looks like. The inspiration continued across digital platforms with stories expanding upon those that appeared in the magazine—a virtual tour of the offices of J.Crew's Jenna Lyons, Lucky's Eva Chen, and sparsely decorated startup Dashlane. Viewers of Fast Company's videos were treated to Ricky Gervais's creative origin story. Readers spent a day in the shoes of an eBay Now deliveryman and learned what it means to have a leadership role in treacherous terrain of Afghanistan. They learned to unlock success by organizing their dreadful messy desks.

Visual communication has radically changed in 2013. Vines were introduced, and with that came thousands of apps to follow. Google Glass was tried out! and selfies reigned supreme. On a transparent note we at FC have launched our first long-read format. We featured an entire article in Emoji format, and we added Gifs and video loops to our visual toolbox. Don't worry. There will be no gifs, videos or any other visual communications in the slideshow above.

View Fast Company's Photos of the year in the slideshow above.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Flickr user Hiii-Fiii | Justin B; 02 / Jeff Brown; 03 / Misha de Ridder; 04 / Erik Madigan Heck; 05 / Wyne Veen; 06 / Andreas Laszlo Konrath; 07 / Larry Fink; 08 / Candy Sculpture by Megan Caponetto | Photo by Jason Pietra; 09 / Joao Canziani; 10 / Grant Cornett; 11 / Gus Powell; 12 / Teru Kuwayama;