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Design Council is a charity and is recognised as a leading authority on the use of strategic design. We use design as a strategic tool to tackle major societal challenges, drive economic growth and innovation, and improve the quality of the built environment. We address all aspects of design including product, service, user experience and design in the built environment. We are the UK government’s adviser on design.

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Meet the Spark inventors 2016 They're improving the way insulin is injected, changing the way we BBQ, and helping babies to sleep – meet the Spark finalists 2016. They're improving the way insulin is injected, changing the way we BBQ, and helping babies to sleep – meet the Spark finalists 2016.

Feature — 24/05/2016

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Spark 2016 awardees announced! A share of up to £200,000 has been awarded to four Design Council Spark 2016 finalists A share of up to £200,000 has been awarded to four Design Council Spark 2016 finalists

News — 20/09/2016

How important is IP to today's inventor? Just how important is IP to today's inventor? Designers and lawyers share their professional - and controversial - thoughts. Just how important is IP to today's inventor? Designers and lawyers share their professional - and controversial - thoughts.

Opinion — 12/09/2016

Measuring the use of design across Europe New research shows Europe is exceeding expectations when it comes to design and innovation, while there are warning signs for the UK. New research shows Europe is exceeding expectations when it comes to design and innovation, while there are warning signs for the UK.

Opinion — 26/08/2016

Discover the UK's next big invention On 20 September at London City Hall, we will be showcasing the pioneering products of our Spark 2016 finalists. Find out how you can join us at this exclusive event. On 20 September we will be showcasing the pioneering products of our Spark 2016 finalists. Find out how you can join this exclusive event.

News — 17/08/2016

How I finally came to see design as a discipline Design Academy graduate Gabriela Azevedo shares how our strategic design course changed her entire understanding of design. Design Academy graduate Gabriela Azevedo shares how our strategic design course changed her entire understanding of design.

Opinion — 29/07/2016

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Why design?

Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.

Steve Jobs, former CEO, Apple