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INDEX: Award 2011 – Design to Improve Life

INDEX: is now accepting nominations for the forthcoming INDEX: Award 2011. The award is the largest monetary design award in the world, and it is presented biennially to five winners at a ceremony in Copenhagen.

What sets the INDEX: Award apart from other design awards is its focus on designs that have a life-improving impact. INDEX: is looking for designs that target and solve the challenges and problems of human life.

The award, worth a total of 500,000 euro, is presented to five winners, which are each presented with a monetary award of 100,000 euro.

Objective

What sets the INDEX: Award apart from other design awards is its focus on designs that have a life-improving impact. INDEX: is looking for designs that target and solve the challenges and problems of human life.

INDEX: accepts entries from all fields of design including communication design, product design, architecture, service design, interaction design, social design and green-tech.

INDEX: Award is split into five categories:

  • Body,
  • Home,
  • Work,
  • Play and
  • Community.

Anybody can nominate his or her favorite life-improving design for the award, which is presented to an international jury of designers, design scholars and thinkers, business people, and curators.

A Design to Improve Life is evaluated according to the three parameters of form, impact and context because, in short, form relates to design, impact to improve and context to life, as shown in the formula below.

Prizes

The award, worth a total of 500,000 euro, is presented to five winners, which are each presented with a monetary award of 100,000 euro.

All entries will be displayed on the nominations website, and a select group of finalists with between 50 and 100 designs will be displayed in the world touring INDEX: Award 2011 Exhibition premiering in Copenhagen, Denmark, in September 2011.

Rules

  • Nominated designs can be tangible designs or intangible designs, such as concepts, strategies or services. Nominated designs can also be graphic design, communication design, industrial design, green-tech/clean-tech design, digital design, architecture, urban planning, etc.
  • Nominated designs must be genuinely new. Sheer restyling of known designs is insufficient, unless it implies a genuinely new aspect to improve life. Previous publication of the design is accepted.
  • Nominated designs must, as a minimum, be on a prototype stage, which enables testing or user comments.
  • The nominated designs must not date back later than 2005.
  • Nominated designs must not previously have been chosen as finalist for INDEX: Award.
  • Nomination and participation in INDEX: Award is completely free of charge.

How to enter?

The nomination procedure is done online at NominateForINDEXAward.dk.