Meet the jury of the 2020 Innovation by Design Awards

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Jurors hail from some of the world’s most influential companies, design firms, and organizations. Welcome to the 2020 Innovation by Design Awards , the world’s most prestigious competition honoring the intersection of design and business. We’ve recruited an all-star cast of designers, executives, and thought leaders to judge the awards. Meet them below, and stay tuned as we add even more judges before the competition’s deadline in May. Read Full Story

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This 3D-printed nasal swab is a design marvel

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Designed and manufactured by Carbon3D and Resolution Medical, the lattice-tipped swab in a 2020 Innovation by Design award winner. This past spring, as medical facilities faced a shortage of nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 testing, Carbon3D and Resolution Medical designed, manufactured, and launched a new swab featuring a carbon lattice tip. All of this took less than three weeks, thanks to 3D-printing techniques. The company is now producing up to a million swabs a week. Read Full Story

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The best user experiences of 2020

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See all the honorees of Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards in the User Experience category. Winner [Image: Figma] Figma Figma A free, cloud-based interface design tool that makes prototyping as simple for marketers and product managers as it is for designers and developers Read Full Story

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Enter Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards

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Tell us about your world-changing work! Fast Company is looking for the best products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that pursue innovation for good for its World Changing Ideas Awards , now in their fifth year. We want to honor clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, creative works that help drive change, the ways companies are responding to the pandemic, and so much more. Read Full Story

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Why the world needs innovative design more than ever

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The honorees of the 2020 Innovation by Design Awards showcased extraordinary design ingenuity in the face of a cataclysmic global crisis. Now an even bigger challenge lies ahead. In March, as the coronavirus ravaged Italy, architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti rallied more than 100 colleagues across four continents to develop connected units for respiratory ailments (CURA), open-source intensive care units built from recycled shipping containers. Designed to relieve the country’s overburdened hospitals, the units could be set up as quickly as a hospital tent, but still meet the strict biocontainment standards of an isolation ward. The first unit opened in Ratti’s native Turin, part of the country’s hard-hit Piedmont region, in April. Others soon followed in Canada and the United Arab Emirates. Read Full Story

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The most innovative wellness projects of 2020

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See all the honorees of Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards in the Wellness category. Winner [Photo: Overland Partners] ChildSafe Harvey E. Najim Children and Family Center Overland Partners A trauma care center for abused children in San Antonio that highlights the restorative power of nature, with ample views of the outdoors, natural materials, and a healing garden Read Full Story

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The best graphic design projects of 2020

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See all the honorees of Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards in the Graphic Design category. Winner [Photo: South China Morning Post ] Hong Kong protests: The full story in infographics South China Morning Post A series of illustrations, maps, animations, and videos that tell the complex story of Hong Kong’s anti-government protests in an accessible, visual way Read Full Story

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The best product design of 2020

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See all the honorees of Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards in the Products category. Winner [Photo: Logitech] Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit Logitech A $100 kit, featuring an array of buttons and triggers, to enable more than 46 million people with disabilities to play video games Read Full Story

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