THE WORLD’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS DESIGN COMPETITION.

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The 2022 Awards

The 2022 Innovation by Design Awards honor the designers and businesses solving the most crucial problems of today and anticipating the pressing issues of tomorrow. The competition, now in its 11th year, features a range of blue-chip companies, emerging startups, and hungry young talents. It is one of the most sought-after design awards in the industry. There are 46 categories that capture every facet of design. 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 will appear in the October issue of Fast Company magazine and on our website, and all honorees will be featured on fastcompany.com. Winners will also be celebrated at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival this fall, and will receive a complimentary pass.

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BRAND EXPOSURE

Be seen and evaluated by Fast Company editors and reporters

OPPORTUNITIES

Winners will be celebrated at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival this fall, and receive a complimentary pass

CREDIBILITY

Gain the Fast Company stamp of approval for creating a truly breakthrough design

BREAK NEWS

Tell your organization’s story to the world for the first time; highlight the success of teams within your organization—or partners who’ve helped with your success

VISIBILITY

Appear in the October issue of Fast Company magazine and on fastcompany.com

Categories

There are 46 categories. Entries are judged on the key ingredients of innovation: functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, user insight, cultural impact, and business impact.

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Accessible Design

Projects that put accessibility front and center, whether packaging, products, or spaces.

Apps and Games

Software and/or digital experiences that run on phones, tablets, consoles, and other platforms.

AUTOMOTIVE (NEW)

New cars, features, or products that make the driving experience safer, more pleasant, and more sustainable

BRANDING

Innovative approaches to creating or growing a brand

CIRCULAR DESIGN (NEW)

Products, packaging, and built projects designed to eliminate waste and reuse resources and that have a meaningful and demonstrable impact

DATA DESIGN

Projects that harness the power of data to create better experiences for users, whether it’s an algorithm, a visualization, or an interface

DESIGN COMPANY OF THE YEAR

The most innovative design company of the year. Companies will be judged on the quality, breadth, and ambition of their submitted work

ENTERPRISE (NEW)

Innovative approaches to B2B products and services

EXPERIENCE DESIGN (NEW)

Spaces, systems, or products that deliver an innovative and compelling user experience

EXPERIMENTAL

Concepts, prototypes, and pioneering designs intended to push the boundaries of what’s possible in an industry and excite the imagination

FASHION AND BEAUTY

Products, environments, and services that reflect—and enhance—who we are and what we wear

FINANCE

Banking apps, trading tools, and other products and services that use human-centered design to help people manage their money

GENERAL EXCELLENCE

The most innovative contemporary designs with no category restrictions

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Visual design, whether static or interactive, that has social, cultural, or business impact

HEALTH

Products, services, and environments designed to improve people’s health and solve problems in the healthcare industry

HOME

Innovative products, services, and environments for better living

HOSPITALITY (NEW)

Innovative approaches to buildings, products, or services that are targeted at the hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants, tourism, and recreation

IMPACT

Any design move, no matter how big or small, that has a major impact

LEARNING

Projects that use human-centered design to engage learners and promote excellence in education

MARKETING

The most creative ads in print and digital, and other media

MATERIALS

Material innovations that lead to greener, better products

PACKAGING

Innovative uses of materials, graphics, and industrial design to solve packaging problems

PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Designs meant to mitigate either the health effects of COVID-19 or the economic effects of lockdowns

PRODUCTS

Hardware and industrial design geared toward mass consumers and niche markets

RAPID RESPONSE (NEW)

Innovative projects, products, or services that are designed to react quickly to current events

RETAIL

Brand activations, digital platforms, and other retail concepts that bring a company, service, or product to life

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Products, services, systems, and platforms that help underserved communities or developing countries

SPACES AND PLACE

Buildings, structures, and interior designs that solve problems in the built environment

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Products, services, and environments designed to elevate the game for athletes, amateurs, or fans

STUDENTS

Innovative design work created while attending either an undergraduate or graduate program, or within a year of graduation

SUSTAINABILITY

Projects that use inventive design to meaningfully reduce harm to the environment

TRANSPORTATION

Projects that dramatically improve how we get around, including apps, public transit and other non-car solutions

URBAN DESIGN

Built projects that improve cities and neighborhoods, including architecture, landscapes, civic design, apps, and platforms

USER EXPERIENCE

Projects that consider a user’s journey, from beginning to end, whether in an app, a physical product, or a brick-and-mortar experience

WELLNESS

Consumer products, services, and environments that to promote a healthy lifestyle

WORKPLACE

Buildings, interiors, furniture, desk accessories, and tools built to make workers happier and more productive

BEST DESIGN ASIAN-PACIFIC REGION

The most innovative designs overall in the Asia-Pacific region

BEST DESIGN EUROPE-MIDDLE EAST-AFRICA REGION

The most innovative designs overall in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

BEST DESIGN LATIN AMERICA REGION

The most innovative designs overall in Latin America

BEST DESIGN NORTH AMERICA REGION

The most innovative designs overall in North America

ESTABLISHED EXCELLENCE: 5-14 YEARS IN BUSINESS

Be honored in a special list that recognizes products, projects, or services by companies that have been in business between 5 and 19 years

ON THE RISE: 0-4 YEARS IN BUSINESS

Be honored in a special list that recognizes products, projects, or services by companies that have been in business less than 4 years

ENDURING IMPACT: 15+ YEARS IN BUSINESS

Be honored in a special list that recognizes products, projects, or services by companies that have been in business more than 20 years

SMALL BUSINESS (FEWER THAN 100 EMPLOYEES)

Be honored in a special list that recognizes products, projects, or services by companies that have fewer than 100 employees

MID-SIZED BUSINESSES (100 - 999 EMPLOYEES)

Be honored in a special list that recognizes products, projects, or services by companies that have between 100 to 999 employees

LARGE BUSINESSES (1000+ EMPLOYEES)

Be honored in a special list that recognizes products, projects, or services by companies that have more than 1,000 employees
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Past Honoree Testimonials

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