Good design isn’t just beautiful. It can be a powerful source of information, inspiration, and fun. It can be awe-inspiring, game-changing, life-saving.
Fast Company‘s Innovation by Design Awards celebrate design in all these iterations. We honor thoughtful, striking design that has the potential to transform people, businesses, industries, and society writ large.
Now in their 11th year, the Innovation by Design Awards span 46 categories that showcase the range of everything design touches.
Last year’s winners included a compelling new map for NYC’s subway that’s updated in real time; a community of 3D-printed homes for the homeless; and a former coal-burning power plant repurposed into a college sports center. (See all of last year’s honorees here.)
This year, we’ve added some exciting new categories, including Automotive, Circular Design, Hospitality, and Rapid Response, which recognizes how quickly the world is changing and celebrates design that can nimbly react accordingly. Each entry will be vetted by Fast Company editors and will be judged on its originality, innovation, scalability, impact, and, of course, its design. Winners will be featured online and in the October issue of Fast Company magazine. They’ll also be celebrated at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in the fall. We’ll be accepting entries until April 29, 2022.
The Innovation by Design Awards are some of the most respected in the industry; winners are seen by millions of people, including many of the most influential names in design today. We love championing incredible design from blue-chip companies, nonprofits, startups, and everyone in-between. We look forward to reading your entries and learning more about all the inspiring design happening around the world. Apply here.