ProductsHardware and industrial design geared toward mass consumers and niche markets.
Apps and GamesInterfaces and productivity tools built for phones, tablets, and touchscreens.
Spaces, Place, and CitiesProjects that improve the urban fabric, including urban planning, architecture, interactive kiosks, and apps.
Social GoodSystems, processes, and fundraising platforms that enhance the success of developing countries or underprivileged communities.
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.
Web DesignInteractive experiences on mobile and desktop that delight, inspire, and push the boundaries of technology.
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 well-being, including apps, medical devices, fitness trackers, and athletic equipment.
Graphic Design and Data VisualizationVisual design that serves a function, from typography to branding to data visualization. Includes both static and interactive design.
User ExperienceProjects that encompass, from beginning to end, the many types and stages of an experience, whether it’s taking a vacation or visiting the doctor.
Workplace (NEW)Buildings, interiors, furniture, desk accessories, and tools built to make workers happier and more productive.
Timeless Design (NEW)Honoring iconic, impactful, and measurably lasting design–including spaces, graphics, digital experiences, and products–developed any time in the past 30 years.
General ExcellenceThe most innovative contemporary designs with no category restrictions, selected by Fast Company editors.
Design Company Of The Year (NEW)The 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.