- Bill Moggridge, lifetime achievement
- Amory B. Lovins, design mind (affecting design through research and scholarship)
- The Walker Art Center, institutional achievement
- The New York Times Graphic Department, communication design
- Francisco Costa, fashion design
- Boym Partners, product design
- Perceptive Pixel, Inc., interaction design (a new category that focuses on digital platforms)
John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, chaired the jury. Other members were Stephen Frykholm, Michael Maharam, Marissa Mayer, Sigi Moeslinger, Monica Ponce de Leon, Ralph Rucci, Margaret Stewart, Marc Tsurumaki, and Michael Van Valkenburgh.