We at Inhabitat believe in good design – design that shows thoughtfulness, awareness of global and environmental issues, and aims to make the world a better place in both small and big ways. So it’s no surprise that the recently announced Index Awards (Index is a Danish non-profit network organization that supports design to improve life worldwide) piqued our interest and produced so many great entries. So many of the 2007 Top Nominees demonstrate what design should be all about. In the coming days, we’ll be highlighting some of our favorites from each of the five categories (work, home, body, play, & community). Here’s to design that hopes to do good.

+ 2007 INDEX AWARDS: Design to Improve Life

INDEX describes their organization as a “catalyst which spurs public and professional awareness of the human and commercial potential in Design to Improve Life…” Index pursues this goal by awarding the biggest design award in the world, presenting international design exhibitions, hosting summits for world leaders on design and innovation and by publishing and distributing knowledge about Design to Improve Life. We’re fascinated by the Index Awards top nominees and the causes they support, and we think you will be too.