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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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Learning Self-Care from Yangzhou: a World Healthy City Is Yangzhou, where buildings, public spaces and social programmes have been organised to help citizens stay healthy, a perfect example of a "healthy city"? What does a healthy city look like? Is Yangzhou, where buildings & public spaces have been organised to help citizens stay healthy, a perfect example of a "healthy...

Feature — 16/05/2017

How Design Academy redefined my understanding of design Nottingham Trent University's Ellie Moss writes about how Design Academy made her feel differently about becoming a designer. Nottingham Trent University's Ellie Moss writes about how Design Academy made her feel differently about becoming a designer.

Opinion — 15/05/2017

What is a healthy new town? Danny McDonnell updates us on progress in providing modern health services and a healthy physical environment on sites across England where new housing is being delivered. Danny McDonnell discusses a healthy physical environment on sites across England where new housing is being delivered.

Feature — 04/05/2017

Ding: How one idea opened the door to a whole new business We talk to the inventors behind Ding, the smart doorbell that was a Spark finalist in 2015 and went onto to join J-Lab and receive 200% funding on Kickstarter. We talk to the inventors behind Ding, the smart doorbell that was a Spark finalist in 2015 and is on its way to market in 2018.

Feature — 02/05/2017

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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