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5 reasons to apply for the 2021 Innovation by Design Awards

The deadline for submissions is April 30. Enter today!

5 reasons to apply for the 2021 Innovation by Design Awards
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Don’t miss your chance to enter the 2021 Innovation by Design Awards, the most prestigious competition honoring creativity in business. Innovation by Design honors the products, services, ideas, and provocations that are transforming companies, organizations, and society. Past honorees have included everything from a 3D-printed COVID-19 nasal swab to a sneaker made from discarded shoes to the thoughtful design of the 9/11 Museum in New York. We’re looking for the most groundbreaking work—whether it comes from a scrappy upstart, an independent designer, or a multinational corporation.

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This year, we’re celebrating 10 years of Innovation by Design, and we have some big plans in store. We’ll have a special package in the October issue of Fast Company magazine, online features, an exclusive design partnership, and more. Read on for additional reasons to apply to this year’s competition. We can’t wait to see your work and get inspired!

Get featured in Fast Company

Winners will appear in the October issue of Fast Company magazine (which has a monthly readership of 700,000) and on our website. All honorees will be featured on fastcompany.com (which has more than 12 million monthly unique visitors and more than 40 million page views).

Get your work in front of influencers

We’re accepting entries in 37 categories that reflect the vast array of challenges facing designers today, including one about responses to the pandemic, and new categories such as branding, material innovations, and advertising. We also have a new award for design projects undertaken by companies at different levels of maturity. Each category will be judged separately by expert Fast Company editors. And we’ll have a jury of prominent designers, thought leaders, and business executives. See last year’s jury here.

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Share an honor with design legends

Innovation by Design honorees represent the tops of their fields. Join the ranks of past winners such as Pentagram, Nike, Google, and more. See all of last year’s honorees here.

Enjoy the perks!

Winners will receive a complimentary all-access pass to the Fast Company Innovation Festival in the fall. They’ll also receive a free one-year subscription to Fast Company.

Make history

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For the past 10 years, we’ve committed ourselves to highlighting the best design work in hopes of elevating the industry as a whole. Come be part of design history.

We’re accepting entries until April 30 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Enter today!

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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