“I’m so pleased – this clearly confirms that the type of design we focus on, designs made to improve life, really is the way forward,” says CEO of INDEX: Design to Improve Life®, Kigge Hvid. “This is great news for the global community, but I’m even more pleased about another broken record.” This year, the INDEX: Award 2017 nominees came from 85 countries, more than ever before.
“We’ve managed to reach many more corners of the world this time, for example, this year we covered 19 African countries, where we’ve seen a great focus on IT and communication design,” explained Kigge
“This means There are more opportunities for designers out there, and that INDEX: Award has truly gone global.”
In the coming months, the 1,401 nominations will be assessed by the INDEX: Award international jury of design experts. The winners will be announced on September 1st at an official ceremony held in the city of Elsinore. The show will host over 1,200 guests, including the patron of INDEX: Design to Improve Life® HRH The Crown Princess of Denmark.
With such a large pool of nominees for 2017, it’s impossible to identify the favourites this year, however, there are number of visible trends. Among them are new forms of ‘meat’, ranging from simple projects to make insects more palatable to more far-fetched initiatives like lab-grown meat. Design for political engagement has grown substantially from 2015, including a much more vast range of civic participation apps and platforms. There’s also clear a focus on advanced robotics and AI, and, paradoxically, over 30 ’emotion-based’ designs were nominated, which were made to foster more global empathy.
“It’s always very interesting to see the latest trends in design that seeks to change the world,” said Kigge. “It gives us some real insight into how the world around us is changing and moving ahead,”
In the coming weeks and months, the INDEX: Award jury will come together in a comprehensive and exciting online process to find out who will be finalists for the world’s most impactful design award.
A huge THANK YOU to all who nominated and sent us tips! We’ll be bringing you more news about nomination highlights and trends in the coming weeks – stay tuned.