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Now accepting submissions. Finalists get featured in the October issue of Fast Company magazine.

We’re delighted to announce the 2014 Innovation By Design Awards! The awards celebrate the smartest, most ambitious, most inventive design that marries good business and cultural impact. We’re accepting entries until May 5.

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Finalists are featured on Co.Design as well as in a special issue of Fast Company magazine, and the winners are announced at an awards ceremony in October, following a day-long conference on the newest thinking in the field of design. See all of last year’s winners in our slideshow here.

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This year we have 10 categories: Apps, Data Visualization, Experimental, Graphic, Products, Social Good, Spaces, Health, Experience, and Students. Go here for full competition details and to check out our growing roster of all-star judges.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Happy entering!

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We’re delighted to announce the 2014 Innovation By Design Awards! The awards celebrate the smartest, most ambitious, most inventive design that marries good business and cultural impact. We’re accepting entries until May 5.

image

Finalists are featured on Co.Design as well as in a special issue of Fast Company magazine, and the winners are announced at an awards ceremony in October, following a day-long conference on the newest thinking in the field of design. See all of last year’s winners in our slideshow here.

image

This year we have 10 categories: Apps, Data Visualization, Experimental, Graphic, Products, Social Good, Spaces, Health, Experience, and Students. Go here for full competition details and to check out our growing roster of all-star judges.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Happy entering!

At first, the Cloud Lamp seems like a mirage: It looks like a real cloud and even emits claps of thunder. But then it flashes green, red, and blue, plays music—and is hanging in your living room. An interactive night-light, the cloud reacts to motion around it and flickers in time with music.

At first, the Cloud Lamp seems like a mirage: It looks like a real cloud and even emits claps of thunder. But then it flashes green, red, and blue, plays music—and is hanging in your living room. An interactive night-light, the cloud reacts to motion around it and flickers in time with music.

SHoP Architects, a young New York firm, has grand designs. The firm’s seven partners say they won’t be content to merely leave a mark on America’s most important skyline; they also want to transform the business of creating buildings. “Sometimes we joke,” says one partner, Vishaan Chakrabarti, “that the nearest precedent is McKim, Mead & White.”

It’s a nervy comparison for a New York architect to make, even in jest—a little like a pop group invoking Mozart—but SHoP has begun to back its ambitions with big commissions. Over the past few years, the firm has become the city’s go-to designer for complex, civically important projects. In November, when the owner of a controversial Manhattan waterfront scheme unveiled plans for a 50-story hotel and marina, SHoP was his architect. When Michael Bloomberg, the city’s previous mayor, announced a $1.1 billion mixed-income housing development, SHoP partners were at his side. There’s also an ultra-luxury midtown condo tower, 100 feet taller than the Empire State Building; a dockyard redevelopment around an old Brooklyn sugar factory; and even an outlet mall in blue-collar Staten Island, to be adjoined by the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.

Read more here.

Hue, a wireless lighting system, allows you to “tune” your lights to up to 16 million different colors. 
You can control them remotely so that you don’t walk into a dark house. You can adjust the color or intensity to increase concentration or relaxation, based on years of studies on the effect of light on human behavior. Hue can even produce gentle reminders, so that your hallway lights automatically turn blue on a rainy morning (Bring your umbrella today) or so your house lights dim steadily beginning at 8 a.m. (Time to catch the train). Thanks to LEDs’ ability to accept digital signals, in other words, home illumination isn’t only about seeing or feeling better. It is an atmospheric conveyor of information, too.
"We’ve been making lighting products for 120 years, and until last year, for the home, all they did was turn on and off. We thought: Why not do more with it than just turn it on or off?" 
How Philips altered the future of light

Hue, a wireless lighting system, allows you to “tune” your lights to up to 16 million different colors. 

You can control them remotely so that you don’t walk into a dark house. You can adjust the color or intensity to increase concentration or relaxation, based on years of studies on the effect of light on human behavior. Hue can even produce gentle reminders, so that your hallway lights automatically turn blue on a rainy morning (Bring your umbrella today) or so your house lights dim steadily beginning at 8 a.m. (Time to catch the train). Thanks to LEDs’ ability to accept digital signals, in other words, home illumination isn’t only about seeing or feeling better. It is an atmospheric conveyor of information, too.

"We’ve been making lighting products for 120 years, and until last year, for the home, all they did was turn on and off. We thought: Why not do more with it than just turn it on or off?" 

How Philips altered the future of light