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international organisation that wants to spark awareness and debate on the great importance and potential of design. INDEX: wants to inspire the creation of new designs that improve the lives of many people around the world.
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23 September – 23 October 2005

With the INDEX: Award, INDEX: seeks to illustrate just what Design to Improve Life truly is.

We exhibit some of the best examples of 'Design to Improve Life' that have improved life for vast numbers of people, and award the five best ones.




Prior to awarding the INDEX: 2005 Award, 150 leading design institutions in North America, Europe and parts of Asia had, over the course of a year, submitted their nominations for the INDEX: Award. The INDEX: international jury then selected the 118 top nominees before choosing the five winners. They where chosen in the beginning of August but were kept a well guarded secret.


Electric car


On 23 September 2005, the five INDEX: Awards, worth €100,000, were presented within the five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play and Community. An award ceremony was staged at the Copenhagen Town Hall for official guests.

Artificial Heart

The same day, the INDEX: Award Exhibition opened, featuring 96 top nominations for INDEX: Award. The exhibition took place in display set-ups on five Copenhagen squares: Town Hall Square, Gammel Torv, Højbro Plads, the Metro Square at Kongens Nytorv and Kongens Nytorv. The exhibition closed on October 23 rd 2005.

Exhibition and communication design by Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.

On November 10th 2005, the INDEX: People’s Choice Award was presented to one of the 96 top nominees featured at the exhibition. The winner was publicised on the Internet.

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INDEX: 2005 partners were government institutions, private companies and foundations that support INDEX: 2005 financially and with services. Our partners were an integrated part of the development of INDEX: 2005
Without them, INDEX: 2005 would not have existed.

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