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.