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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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Time To Say It Out Loud: Our Society Is Writing Off Ageing What do you want to be when you’re older? A common question asked of children. But why are we not asking people over 50 the same question? What do you want to be when you’re older? A common question asked of children. But why are we not asking people over 50 the same question?

Opinion — 19/06/2017

Our response to the 2017 UK general election We call on the new government to position design at the centre of its plans for a healthier, more prosperous Britain and to use it to respond positively to change. We call on the new government to position design at the centre of its plans for a healthier, more prosperous Britain.

Opinion — 09/06/2017

Design Council on GE2017 With election day upon us, Design Council calls for design to be front and centre of jobs, skills and services. With election day upon us, Design Council calls for design to be front and centre of jobs, skills and services.

Opinion — 08/06/2017

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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