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Inside The Pages Of Fast Company: A Year In Photos

A look back at the creative people, the innovative companies, and the trends that set the tone for 2015.

  • <p>The affordable glasses company was selected as the <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3041334/most-innovative-companies-2015/warby-parker-sees-the-future-of-retail" target="_self">Most Innovative Company of 2015 For building the first great made-on-the-Internet brand.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3051589/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/the-key-to-oprah-winfreys-success-radical-focus" target="_self">How Oprah makes time for the projects she cares about most.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3046757/innovation-agents/president-barack-obama-on-what-we-the-people-means-in-the-21st-century" target="_self">In an exclusive and wide-ranging conversation, the President explains his take on Washington's technology problems—and his solutions.</a></p>
  • <p>Obama has been <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3046756/obama-and-his-geeks" target="_self"> quietly recruiting top tech talent from the likes of Google and Facebook. Their mission: to reboot how government works.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3052879/the-future-is-now-a-photo-portfolio" target="_self">Cannabis farm (name withheld): Mendocino County, California -- October 5, 2015</a></p>
  • <p>The designers were named to our list for <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3043927/most-creative-people-2015/dao-yi-chow-and-maxwell-osborne" target="_self">For putting streetwear on the runway;</a> since then, the pair has been named the creative directors of DKNY.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3051548/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/aziz-ansari-on-the-importance-of-not-being-a-crazy-wor" target="_self">Knowing when to quit for the day is key. "You’ve got to be a person and do other stuff, or you’re not going to be inspired," he says.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3039891/gut-check" target="_self">Startups are harnessing the trillions of bacteria inside us to eradicate diabetes, obesity, arthritis, and more.<br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3042414/how-bizarre" target="_self">The former Fab executive</a> never wanted to start another company--which makes his new startup something of a surprise.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3045739/most-creative-people-2015/amy-poehler-is-really-making-herself-uncomfortable" target="_self">The actress, comedian, and producer</a>, one of 2015's Most Creative People in Business, is throwing herself into new waters as a multimedia entrepreneur.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3052875/malala-strikes-back-behind-the-scenes-of-her-fearless-organization" target="_self">How Nobel Peace Prize–winning activist Malala Yousafzai</a> is channeling her inspiring life story into a targeted mission.</p>
  • <p>The company joined our 2015<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3039614/most-innovative-companies-2015/loreal" target="_self">Most Innovative Companies list</a> for turning screens into applicator brushes.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3039889/katie-couric" target="_self">Katie Couric explains</a> why Yahoo is the perfect place to reinvent journalism—and her career.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3038397/creative-conversations/benedict-cumberbatch-i-have-people-who-are-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-" target="_self">Benedict Cumberbatch has</a> portrayed innovators on both ends of digital history. But that doesn’t mean he’s ready to join Twitter.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3044265/creative-conversations/the-millions-of-patients-we-see-each-year-theyre-not-coming-because-t" target="_self">Almost a century into Planned Parenthood's history and after almost a decade as its president, Cecile Richards still embraces controversy.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3044264/the-big-idea/the-man-of-many-questions" target="_self">Also helpful: tapping Tom Cruise to solve your tough management problems.</a></p>
  • <p>The academic joined our list for his advances in <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3043840/most-creative-people-2015/charles-arntzen" target="_self">fighting ebola with tobacco.</a></p>
  • <p>The Lyft executive was chosen for her role in <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3043843/most-creative-people-2015/veronica-juarez" target="_self">paving the way for legal ride sharing.</a></p>
  • <p>The activist was chosen for her influence in <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3043942/most-creative-people-2015/janet-mock" target="_self">getting people to talk about transgender issues.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3048636/dead-ahead" target="_self">He created</a> a flesh-chomping pop-culture phenomenon. Now Kirkman has a bigger challenge: redefining how Hollywood works.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcocreate.com/3046797/master-class/msnbc-host-mika-brzezinski-on-turning-career-setbacks-into-opportunities" target="_self">Why getting fired was a GOOD thing, and other work advice from the co-host of <em>Morning Joe</em>.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3048346/gwyneth-paltrow-goes-to-market" target="_self">Goop, Paltrow's lifestyle platform, has been polarizing since the day it was launched, and that might be its greatest asset. </a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3050179/most-creative-people/lee-daniels-im-giving-voice-to-those-who-dont-ordinarily-have-voice" target="_self">As Empire returns for its second season, creator and executive producer Lee Daniels explains why the show resonates with viewers.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3052958/20-moments-that-matter" target="_self">When The Human Genome project finished its DNA map, it had big implications for science, medicine, and business.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3052879/the-future-is-now-a-photo-portfolio" target="_self">Virginia Tech’s Fralin Life Science Institute: Blacksburg, Virginia - October 8, 2015</a></p>
  • <p>The entertainer <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3043929/most-creative-people-2015/larry-wilmore" target="_self">has won critical praise</a> for his willingness to tackle controversial subjects such as racial stereotypes, wealth inequality, and Islamophobia.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3048624/driven" target="_self">In a country where women can’t legally take the wheel of a car, one leader is finding creative ways to offer them other means of control.<br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3050250/what-makes-uber-run" target="_self">The transportation service has become a global brand, an economic force, and a cultural lightning rod.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3050328/most-creative-people/hot-sauce-usa" target="_self">Where once was Tabasco, there is now Sriracha, Cholula, and Gochujang. This is what the condiment aisle says about American consumers.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3051553/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/chef-marcus-samuelsson-on-when-real-leadership-means-g" target="_self">You have to give your team space to create. "Sometimes it’s easier to say, ‘The answer is right here!’ Then you’ve killed the process."</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3051585/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/dj-steve-aoki-on-the-luxury-most-people-take-for-grant" target="_self">The globe-trotting DJ has learned to do without one important thing: lying down.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3052879/the-future-is-now-a-photo-portfolio" target="_self">Chickpet Market: Bangalore, India - October 9, 2015</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3052885/mark-zuckerberg-facebook" target="_self">Facebook is firing on all cylinders. Now Mark Zuckerberg is looking to the decade ahead, from AI to VR to drones.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3043975/most-creative-people-2015/dexter-peart-and-byron-peart" target="_self">These guys care about how you carry your gadgets.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3037952/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/why-the-world-is-moving-to-diplos-beat" target="_self">The DJ superstar is a performer, a producer, and the creative force behind a growing musical empire. He even pays his taxes.</a></p>

Taking a look at Fast Company's best photos and illustrations of 2015 is a visually compelling way to understand a year of innovation and progress (you can also see some of our favorite images of the year from our website).

Some highlights? Warby Parker was named Most Innovative Company of 2015 for building the first great made-on-the-Internet brand. Oprah invited us into her world to show us how she prioritizes the people and projects she really cares about. In an exclusive and wide-ranging conversation, President Obama explained his take on Washington's technology problems—and his solutions.

Finally, it was Fast Company's 20th anniversary; we celebrated with our first-ever Innovation Festival in New York City. If you missed it, you can check out some of our favorite moments here.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Photo: Paul Jung; styling: Stephanie Stricola; set design: Anthony Asaro; grooming: Stephanie Peterson; 02 / Photo: Herring & Herring; Styling: Kelly Hurliman; Set Design: Andrew Trosmans at Walter Schupfer Management; 03 / Photo: Daniel Shea; 04 / Photo: Daniel Shea; 05 / Photo: Alessandra Sanguinetti; 06 / Photo: Herring & Herring, Grooming: Scott McMahan at Kate Ryan Inc.; 07 / Photo: Peter Ash Lee, Styling: Dana Covarrubias; Gooming: Asia Geiger at Art Department; 08 / Photo: Tony Kim, Makeup: Robert Greene at Kate Ryan Inc. using Kryolan; 09 / Photo: Andy Ryan; 10 / Photos: Eric Ogden, Set Design: Eric Hollis; Hair: Jen Atkin at The Wall Group; Makeup: Brett Friedman at Art Department; Styling: Karla Welch at The Wall Group; 11 / Photo: Samantha Casolari; 12 / Photo: Jessica Haye & Clark Hsiao, Hair: Makiko Nara at Walter Schupfer Management; Makeup: Will Lemon at Bridge; 13 / Photo: ioulex; 14 / Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konrath, Grooming: Anna Bernabe at Exclusive Artists using Ursa Major Skincare; 15 / Photo: Elinor Carucci; 16 / Photo: Rene & Radka; 17 / Photo: Maciek Jasik; 18 / Photo: McNair Evans; 19 / Photo: Benedict Evans; 20 / Photo: Zach Gross; 21 / Photo: ioulex; 22 / Photo: Williams + Hirakawa, Set design: Mike Malandra & Bette Adams at Mary Howard Studio; Styling: Jill and Jordan at The Wall Group; Hair: Derek Yeun at Starworks Group; Makeup: Jillian Dempsey at Starworks Group; Manicure: Tracy Clemens at Opus Beauty; 23 / Photo: Zach Gross, Grooming: David Cox at Art Department; 24 / Photo: Mads Perch; Model: Amanda Rezende at Leni’s Model Management; Grooming: Joanna Banach; Post-production: Gareth Pritchard; 25 / Photo: Andrew Tingle; 26 / Photo: Andy Ryan, Styling: Nina Schelich; grooming: Sonia Rodriguez; 27 / Photo: Rene & Radka; 28 / Photo: ioulex, Grooming: Amy Lawson at Artist Untied; 29 / Photo: Maurizio Di Iorio; 30 / Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konrath; 31 / Photo: Jessica Haye & Clark Hsiao, Grooming: Homa Safar at Exclusive Artists Management using MAC Cosmetics and Oribe Hair Care; 32 / Photo: Vivek Singh; 33 / Photo: Pari Dukovic; 34 / Photo: Sacha Maric; 35 / Photo: Paul Jung, Set design: Eric Hollis; styling: Eric Archibald, Rachael Grubbs; grooming: Garret Gervais at Opus Beauty.;

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