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A Credit Card That Monitors Your Carbon Footprint
Winner | Best Design EMEA Mastercard and Doconomy DO BLACK Each time you use Mastercard’s new Do Black credit card, it tallies the carbon footprint of your purchase—and when you’ve exceeded your carbon budget for the year, the card will cut you of
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They Shoot, He Scores
Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard is one of Hollywood’s preeminent composers, having scored 20 of Spike Lee’s projects—including last year’s BlacKkKlansman, which earned him his first Oscar nomination—and Harriet, Kasi Lemmons’s upcoming biopic of abo
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A New Mouth-operated Remote Control
Finalist | Best Design APAC, Experimental, Students Augmented Human Lab, University of Auckland CHEWIT ChewIt, a lozenge-size, wireless “intraoral interface,” could offer a new way for people who can’t use their limbs to control their personal tec
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Making The Tough Calls
Whitney Wolfe Herd and Mark Parker might not seem to have much in common. Wolfe Herd, the 30-year-old cover subject of our October issue (“Herd Mentality,” page 68), is the founder and CEO of Bumble, a privately held company with a reported $300 mill
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A Deeper Way To Engage
Design Company of the Year Nike HOUSE OF INNOVATION Cool-looking shoes garner most of the attention when it comes to sneaker innovation, but Nike has nabbed Fast Company’s 2019 Design Company of the Year award for something else: a savvy retail st
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Herd Mentality
Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd wants nothing less than to create a female internet, but first she has to get a lot more women (and men) to see things her way. Misogynists welcome.
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A Studio With A Purpose
Finalist | Graphic Design Jennifer Kinon and Bobby Martin ORIGINAL CHAMPIONS OF DESIGN Can branding make a city more equitable? Can it get more people to the polls? Can it help amplify an artist’s voice? For Jennifer Kinon and Bobby Martin, who le
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Facebook’s Plan To Live Forever
THE ONLY SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEM LEFT FOR THE TECH BEHEMOTH TO CONQUER IS THE ORIGINAL ONE: MONEY.
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A Memorial For Young Victims Of Gun Violence
Finalist | Social Good Akoto Ofori-Atta SINCE PARKLAND In the year following the horrific February 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, 1,200 children were killed by guns in the United States. But while the Parkland shooting made headlines f
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A Remedy for Single-Use Packaging
Finalist | General Excellence TerraCycle LOOP The root cause of the global trash problem is our reliance on single-use packaging. That’s the premise behind a new platform called Loop that’s helping major brands shift to a new system of reusable co
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Google On The Brain
GOOGLE HAS MORE COMPUTING POWER, DATA, AND TALENT TO PURSUE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE THAN ANY OTHER COMPANY ON EARTH—AND IT’S NOT SLOWING DOWN. THAT’S WHY HUMANS CAN’T, EITHER.
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A Window Table Under the Sea
Finalist | General Excellence Snøhetta UNDER RESTAURANT Under, a new restaurant that descends 16 feet below the cold waters of Lindesnes, Norway, doesn’t just serve seafood and locally sourced meat and vegetables found on this dramatic coastline.
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A High-tech Pollution Mask
Honorable Mention | Fashion and Beauty 0202 FACEWEAR O2O2’s revolutionary pollution mask looks nothing like the paper or fabric varieties currently on the market, and it doesn’t function like them, either. A study the company commissioned from the
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A Better Hospital Room
Winner | Health EIR Healthcare MEDMODULAR Alexa-enabled entertainment, touchless controls for the bathroom sink, and a $2,300 simulated skylight above the bed sound more like amenities in a high-end boutique hotel suite than in a hospital room. Bu
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A Simpler Approach to Affordable Home Goods
Finalist | General Excellence, Products Target MADE BY DESIGN The “adulting” millennial has champagne tastes and a beer budget. It’s a fact well known by Target’s head of product design, Stephanie Grotta. Data showed that as this cohort was moving
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Mike Judge’s Triumph Of Engineering
AS SILICON VALLEY DRAWS TO A CLOSE, THE MASTER PARODIST BEHIND THE HIT SHOW REFLECTS UPON WHAT BIG TECH HAS WROUGHT.
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A New Way to Grow Vegetables on Space Missions
Honorable Mention | Best Design NA Techshot and Tupperware PONDS As astronauts begin to spend more time in space, they’ll need better access to fresh fruits and vegetables to stay healthy. But growing plants on structures like the International Sp
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A Naturally Cleansed Public Pool
Finalist | General Excellence Gh3 BORDEN PARK POOL Natural swimming pools, which eschew chlorine and chemicals for bio-inspired filtration systems, have taken off in Europe but are still uncommon in North America. So when Pat Hanson, founding part
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Female Founders Speak Out
They employ more than 9 million people in the United States and view the world differently from their male counterparts. Fast Company and Inc.’s annual survey reveals what this growing economic force is thinking.
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An Instant-Print Camera
Finalist | Products Branch Creative KODAK SMILE Released this past June, the Kodak Smile is a 10-megapixel camera that also features a tiny internal printer. To take a photo, you slide the cover to open the lens and use the LCD viewfinder on the b
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A Portable Air-Powered Nail Gun
Finalist | Best Design APAC Airbow FRAMER The nail gun seems like the perfect invention—just pull a trigger to drive metal into wood—but current models are either tethered to a bulky air compressor or require a mix of butane cells, lithium-ion bat
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Innovation By Design
THE HONOREES OF THIS Y E A R’S INNOVATION BY DESIGN AWARDS HAVE DISCOVERED NOVEL—AND OFTEN BEAUTIFUL—WAYS TO POINT BUSINESS TOWARD A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.
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A Greener Electric Motorcycle
Honorable Mention | Mobility, Products Tarform ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE Brooklyn- and Stockholm-based startup Tarform is setting a new standard for eco-friendly electric motorcycles. Its design includes a zero-emission power train and replaces standard
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Just What the Patient Ordered
A slew of well-funded startups are making it easier than ever to get prescription medications online, turning patients into customers—and doctors into something akin to assembly-line safety inspectors. As with everything, there are side effects.
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A New Sound-Enhancing Surface
Finalist | General Excellence Steven Holl Architects CRINKLE CONCRETE Performance spaces often feature elaborate acoustical systems that rely on appliques, such as fabric ceiling panels, to distribute sound. At the Kennedy Center expansion that’s
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Cheers At The Finish Line
Mirna Valerio would not describe herself as a beer person. The ultra-runner is more of a cabernet sauvignon drinker. But the beer cravings do kick in occasionally—namely, after a long day on the trail. Over the summer, for instance, Valerio competed
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What Price, Burning Man?
The annual mecca for the experimental and weird has become one of the world’s most iconic arts events by keeping the forces of commercialization at bay. If only it weren’t so Instagrammable.
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Atlanta Rising
Startups, corporations, and aspiring entrepreneurs are fleeing the Bay Area for the so-called black mecca. Here’s why the tech world’s center is shifting—and what it means for Atlanta.
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Elon Versus The World
Yo Elon, you okay? Asking for a friend. I think you know her: the planet. Over the past year, Tesla cofounder and CEO Elon Musk’s leadership has been as erratic as his company’s performance. He announced that Tesla would close its stores, only to re
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Product Laboratories
“LEAPFROG TEAMS” AND AUGMENTED REALITY: 10 COMPANIES PIONEERING NEW WAYS TO DEVELOP THEIR PRODUCTS
…Or Discover Something New