I recently received a new book that is an inspiration, called Design Revolution, from Metropolis Books. It is an outgrowth of the Project H Design movement started by Emily Pilloton, with a forward by Allan Chochinov.
It highlights 100 products that are making real differences in the lives of people throughout the world. Some are products that do simple things well, and have been around for a while, like the OXO Good Grips or the Hippo Water Roller.
Its nice to end a busy week by recommending a resource that shows what caring and innovative designers can do with their talent.