Last night, Fast Company threw a huge celebration of the past year of design. Technically, it was an awards show for our 2012 Innovation by Design Awards, featuring the best and brightest in the industry, judged by the best and brightest in the industry. 1,700 different entities submitted products, ideas, and interfaces that were narrowed to 56 finalists, then an all-star panel of 27 judges chose the winners. Design innovations from bootstrapping student teams and mega corporations were celebrated side by side. It’s a collection of work we’re incredibly proud to highlight.
Embrace Infant Warmer
Millions of preemies in the developing world die for lack of incubators, which can cost thousands of dollars. The $200 Embrace turns a 30-minute charge into six hours of stable warmth, due largely to space-age materials. “This is an example of design’s power when brought into the engineering process early,” says judge Bill Moggridge, Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt.