Optimal Design Co Inclusion Fast Company Honorable Mention

Optimal Design Co Inclusion Fast Company Honorable Mention


Optimal Design Company has been recognized among Fast Company’s 2017 Innovation by Design Award recipients, receiving an honorable mention for its work on The Rapture Virtual Reality Headset for use with The VOID. Standing out among over 2,500 entries, the inclusion is an important one for this Arlington Heights firm, recently included among the Silicon Review’s fastest growing Internet of Things companies of 2017.

“At Optimal Design, it has always been our goal to build a best in class brand and to service our clients who rank among the world’s leading innovators,” said Joe Wascow, Optimal Design co-founder and CMO.

All of the honorees are featured in the October issue of the print magazine, available at newsstands on September 19th. The Innovation by Design Awards program, now in its sixth year, honors the most innovative and disruptive design solutions created to resolve today’s most challenging business issues. Finalists were selected from a record number of more than 2,500 international submissions across 13 categories—ultimately recognizing 299 entrants—the most winners, finalists and honorable mentions in the history of the awards. Honorees include household names like Coca-Cola and Sony, design firms R/GA and IDEO, and emerging companies like Willow and Away. This year’s judging panel, comprised of the world’s best design minds included actor and furniture designer, Terry Crews, Kickstarter CEO, Yancey Strickler and Roman Mars, Founder of 99% Invisible.

The Rapture Virtual Reality Headset is located within the Products category following the link to the complete list here.

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