INDEX: design to improve life reaches another milestone

Friday, December 11, 2009 18:15


The Danish humanitarian design program Index: Design To Improve Life, reached another important milestone on December 4 2009 when the network’s CEO Kigge Hvid took home to Copenhagen the prestigious Hong Kong Design Centre’s 2009 Design Leadership Award, confirming its position as one of the worlds fastest growing design organizations.

Kigge Hvid was the first woman and European recipient of the award, which was first inaugurated in 2004 to honour corporate innovators who have “who have successfully combined strong corporate leadership and design excellence into a single concept”.
The Hong Kong design Centre Award isn’t given on a regular or yearly basis but is conferred only when Judging Panel determines that it has a candidate worthy of nomination and endorsement.

Kigge Hvid now enters a group of winners of the Design Leadership Award including:

• Yang Yuan-qing, Chairman of the Lenovo Group;
• Tadamitsu Matsui, President and CEO of Ryokin Keikaku, parent company of MUJI;
• James P. Hackett, President and CEO of Steelcase;
• Kun-Hee Lee, Chairman and CEO of Samsung.

INDEX: is the first non-profit organization to be honored by the Judging Panel and Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Design Centre.

INDEX: founded in Copenhagen in 2002 started out as a small, but flexible, Danish representation of ‘useful’ design, since then, it has continued to grow with a global perspective, partnering up with major international cities (Singapore, Seoul) and pursuing its mission “to unfold the potential of design to improve people’s lives substantially”.

INDEX:, most renowned for the world’s biggest Biannual design award also develops educational, social and business programs where design thinking and processes are the core of innovative strategies adopted to tackle complex humanitarian problems, in fact in 2010 INDEX will launch its new INDEX: Horizons Initiative program which aims to bring design process to bear on world challenges in association with major global media partners.

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