2014: Fast Company’s Year In Photo Essays

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2014: Fast Company’s Year In Photo Essays

Over the past year, both online and in print, Fast Company has run photo essays on topics as diverse as Anna Kendrick and an Instagram-famous dog. Scroll down for editors’ picks on 2014’s most memorable photo-driven stories.

Photo by Eric Ogden, Set design by Eric Hollis; Hair by Craig Gangi; Tracey Mattingly; Makeup by Vanessa Scali, Tracey Mattingly; Wardrobe by Neil Rodgers, Tracey Mattingly

Anna Kendrick

The actress made number 8 on our list of 100 Most Creative People In Business 2014, for knowing that her best role is herself.

Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company

Before The Music: A Real Day In The Life Of A Rock & Roll Band

Being in a band is a dream for many, a reality for a few. We spent a day with He Is Legend for an inside look at (real) life on the road.

Photo: Jon Snyder for Fast Company

Michael Maltzan’s Quest To Remake Housing For The Homeless

The architect’s newest building joins a cadre of ambitious residences Maltzan has built for the Skid Row Housing Trust.

Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company

Pet Week: Why This Dog Makes $15,000 A Month

Meet MensWear Dog, A Shiba Inu who is, by many accounts, the Most Stylish Dog in the World.

Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company

How James Carpenter Gave NYC Subway Riders A Portal To The Sky

The centerpiece of New York’s new Fulton Center, the sky-reflector net recalls an era when transit design aspired to great beauty.

Photo: Celine Grouard for Fast Company

This Lingerie Company A/B Tests The World’s Hottest Women To See Who Makes You Click “Buy”

All lingerie companies hire hot women to flaunt their wares. Adore Me goes (many) steps further—and the data is full of surprises.

Photo: Tony Law

Most Innovative Companies 2014: Rose Studio

Guo Pei at Beijing’s Rose Studio-Haute couture palace, amid her craftspeople and creations. Rose Studio is named an Innovative Company for reviving the art of Chinese embroidery and craftsmanship. The studio ties at No. 24 with Institute Sarita, WildChina, Mary Ching, and Nisiss.

Photo: Daniel Shea

Theaster Gates: Artist, founder of rebuild project, Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago

Gates turns unused buildings like this old Chicago bank into multi-use arts spaces.

Photo: Lauren Lancaster

A Girl Who Codes

Computing has always been a boys’ club. How 18-year-old Nikita Rau—and other young women like her—are finally changing that.

Photo: Adrian Gaut

The Heart Of Hale County

On the left: The Newbern fire station was built by Rural Studio in 2004. To your right: The Newbern Mercantile store was built in 1880. For 20 years, young design idealists have descended on this sad and gorgeous place with the best intentions. What have they wrought?