Thirty years ago, designers fought to be seen as more than just decorative artists. Today, they hold leadership positions at some of the world’s top companies. Design is now broadly accepted as a crucial business strategy, and its imprint can be felt in everything from tax software to skin care to cruise ships.
The companies below represent the year’s most ambitious design. Not only have they developed important, thoughtful products, but they’ve also shown how design is crucial to the bottom line.
Click on a company name to learn more about why it made the list.
For creating a glasses-camera people want to wear
For putting new experiences at our fingertips
For using the cloud to create software that’s endlessly adaptable
For making tax preparation a friendly experience—really!
05. CARNIVAL CORPORATION
For bringing high-tech wearables to the high seas
For pioneering the use of stretchable electronics in the skin-care industry
For creating uncompromising work for unconventional clients
For providing design work to startups—then funding them
09. WORK & CO
For building next-gen products that shape companies’ strategies
For using nuclear technology to create the ultimate hair dryer