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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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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Three ways Walmart has created a better store

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The shopping giant has recently introduced multiple initiatives to earn 2020 Innovation by Design award recognition. Most people don’t associate Walmart, the original big-box store, with good design. But under VP and head of design Valerie Casey, who has worked at the world’s three most iconic design firms—Pentagram, Ideo, and Frog—that’s changing. “Hundreds of millions of people walk into a Walmart each week,” Casey says. “How do we convert [them] to more satisfied shoppers with digital tools?” Case in point: Ordering grocery pickup from Walmart is now a smoother process than getting grocery delivery from Amazon Prime Now. Walmart lets you add additional items to your order after checkout (Amazon doesn’t), and the company doesn’t increase its shelf prices for the convenience of pickup or delivery (which, during COVID-19, has allowed customers to social distance without paying premiums for service). Here are three initiatives that the company has rolled out …

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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 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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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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