The Index Project is a foundation based in Denmark that aims to reward and recognise companies that use commercial design to improve quality of life for everyone involved, especially when focused on marginalised communities. Since 2005, the organisation has also run the Index Awards, to shine a light on exceptional examples.
This year, the LEGO Group’s Braille bricks have been shortlisted for the nominations. These specially designed elements help blind and visually impaired children learn Braille through play. It also encourages them to play with their sighted companions more easily.
“This ingenious combination of features opens up a whole new world of playful learning,” said the Index Project on their website. “The LEGO Braille Bricks introduces a play-based method to learning Braille and a breadth of skills for inclusive education. This enables visually impaired children to engage with sighted classmates in a fun and interactive way.”
Nominations for the Index Award are now closed and a panel of expert judges will deliberate over the winner for four days in Copenhagen. The results will be announced shortly afterwards in the coming months, with no specific date yet revealed.