Fast Company‘s seventh annual Innovation by Design awards is currently accepting entries through May 10 with an early bird rate deadline nearing on March 22.
The contest celebrates creative work that falls into the intersection of design, business, and innovation covering 15 categories.
Winners will be announced on Co.Design in September and in the October issue of Fast Company, as well as featured at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival this fall.
For the first time, the awards will name a design company of the year. There also will be two new categories: Workplace, which looks at the built environment, furniture and interiors of the workplace, and Timeless Design, which is open to lasting designs from the past 30 years.
The 13 returning categories are:
- Branded Environments
- Fashion and Beauty
- General Excellence
- Graphic Design and Data Visualization
- Social Good
- Spaces, Places, And Cities
- User Experience
- Websites and Web Platforms
The contest is open to all organizations and individuals involved in designing a product or service that went public or made it to market between May 1, 2016 and May 1, 2018 with no limit to the number of entries or categories entered. Each entry — either different projects or the same project entered into more than one category — requires a separate entry fee. That fee is $145 before the March 22 early bird deadline and $195 after the deadline. The discounted student entry fee is $40 before the early deadline and $50 after.
One caveat is entries promoting hate messages, containing pornographic material, making defamatory statements, or otherwise extraordinarily offensive are not eligible for the awards.
The wide-ranging jury of designers, executives, and thought leaders is drawn from organizations including Airbnb, Nike, Planned Parenthood, Pinterest, Walmart, InVision, Gensler, L’Oreal, and more.
Last year’s Innovation by Design awards had more than 2,500 submissions with 299 honorees including Spot On, a Planned Parenthood period and birth control tracking app; branding for the Internet of Things called Dotdot created by Wolff Olins for the Zigbee Alliance and awarded in the graphic design and data visualization category; and Zocdoc Patient-Powered Search, a mobile and desktop search tool for patients, was mentioned in the user experience category.
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