Innovation By Design Awards


The 2019 Innovation by Design Awards honor the designers and businesses solving the problems of today and tomorrow. The competition, now in its eighth year, has featured a cross section of blue-chip companies, scruffy startups, and hungry young talents. It is one of the most sought-after design awards in the industry. There are 21 categories you can enter, and the judges include renowned designers from a variety of disciplines, business leaders from some of the most innovative companies in the world, and Fast Company’s own editors. Entries are judged on the key ingredients of innovation: functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, depth of user insight, cultural impact, and business impact. For full competition details, see the rules, FAQs, and last year’s honorees.
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Why Enter

Every entry will be seen by Fast Company editors. Winners, finalists, and honorable mentions will appear in the October issue of Fast Company magazine and on; winners will be celebrated at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival this fall, and receive a complimentary pass. And for the first time ever, we’ll name top designs for each major region in the world.


ProductsHardware and industrial design geared toward mass consumers and niche markets.
Apps and GamesInterfaces and tools built for phones, tablets, and touch screens.
Spaces, Places, and CitiesBuilt projects that improve the world around us, including architecture, landscapes, urban and civic design, and apps.
Social GoodProducts, systems, processes, and platforms that help underprivileged communities or developing countries.
ExperimentalConcepts, prototypes, and pioneering designs intended to push boundaries and excite the imagination.
StudentsWork created while attending either an undergraduate or graduate program, or within a year of graduation.
Retail EnvironmentsPhysical settings that bring a brand, service, or product to life.
Fashion and BeautyProducts, environments, and services that reflect–and enhance–who we are and what we wear.
HealthConsumer products that improve health and wellness, including apps, medical devices, fitness trackers, and athletic equipment.
Graphic DesignVisual design that serves a function, from typography to branding. Includes both static and interactive design.
User ExperienceProjects that consider a user’s journey, from beginning to end, whether in an app, a physical product, or a brick-and-mortar experience.
WorkplaceBuildings, interiors, furniture, desk accessories, and tools built to make workers happier and more productive.
Timeless DesignHonoring iconic, impactful, and measurably lasting design–including spaces, graphics, digital experiences, and products–developed any time in the past 30 years.
Learning (NEW!)Products and services that enhance learning.
Mobility (NEW!)Projects that improve how we get around, including apps, vehicles, and transportation networks.
Data Design (NEW!) Projects that harness the power of data to create better experiences for users, whether it’s an algorithm, a visualization, or an interface.
Best Design APAC (NEW!)The most innovative designs overall in the Asia-Pacific region.
Best Design EMEA (NEW!)The most innovative designs overall in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Best Design NA (NEW!)The most innovative designs overall in North America.
Best Design LATAM (NEW!)The most innovative designs overall in Latin America.
General ExcellenceThe most innovative contemporary designs with no category restrictions, selected by Fast Company editors.
Design Company of the YearThe most innovative design company of the year, selected by Fast Company editors. Organizations that submit three or more entries to any of the categories above will be automatically considered. Companies will be judged on the quality, breadth, and ambition of their submitted work.

The 2019 Judges

Justin Garrett Moore
Justin Garrett Moore Executive Director New York City Public Design Commission
Robert Wong
Robert Wong Cofounder Google Creative Lab
Kristy Tillman
Kristy TillmanHead of Global Experience Design Slack
Paola Antonelli
Paola AntonelliSenior Curator Museum of Modern Art
Susan Kare
Susan Kare Creative Director Pinterest
Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson Creative Director Visual Arts Press at the School of Visual Arts
Scott Belsky
Scott Belsky Chief Product Officer Adobe
Katie Dill
Katie Dill Vice President of Design Lyft
Prabal Gurung
Prabal Gurung Founder Prabal Gurung
John Maeda
John Maeda Global Head of Design Automattic
Richard Ting
Richard Ting EVP Global Chief Experience Officer R/GA
Janett Nichol
Janett Nichol Vice President of Apparel Innovation Nike
Andi Owen
Andi Owen President and CEO Herman Miller
Edward Tufte
Edward Tufte Author Meaning, Space, Models, Data, Truth
Toru Akita
Toru Akita Chief Executive Officer Muji USA
See the full list of judges here