Innovation By Design Awards


The 2020 Innovation by Design Awards honor the designers and businesses solving the problems of today and tomorrow. The competition, now in its ninth 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 29 categories, 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 writers and editors. Entries are judged on the key ingredients of innovation: functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, 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.


Apps and Games
Data Design
Design Company of the Year
Fashion and Beauty
General Excellence
Graphic Design
Retail Environments
Social Good
Spaces and Places
User Experience
North America Region
Europe-Middle East-Africa Region
Asian-Pacific Region
Latin America Region
Cities (NEW)
Finance (NEW)
Home (NEW)
Hospitality (NEW)
Packaging (NEW)
Sports and Recreation (NEW)
Sustainability (NEW)
Wellness (NEW)

Click here to view full category descriptions

2020 Judges

Hartmut Esslinger Founder Frog
Nathalie de Vries Cofounder and Principal Architect MVRDV
Dantley Davis Head of Design and ResearchTwitter
August de los Reyes Chief Design Officer Varo
Ji Lee Creative Director Facebook Creative Shop
Vanessa Cho Design Partner GV
Giorgia Lupi Partner Pentagram
Elijah Meeks Data Visualization EngineerApple