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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 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. 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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Design Council's new partnership sets out to regenerate Waltham Forest Design Council Cabe has partnered with Waltham Forest Council to run a design advice panel in order to help create successful places and improve people’s quality of life across the borough. Design Council Cabe has partnered with Waltham Forest Council to provide independent, expert design advice on key development proposals.

News — 18/07/2016

Design Academy Graduate Show Discover the hottest talent coming out of our Design Academy programme Discover the hottest talent coming out of our Design Academy programme

Feature — 05/07/2016

Our response to the EU referendum Today’s referendum result is a significant moment for the UK’s design sector, as it is for the country as a whole. Today’s referendum result is a significant moment for the UK’s design sector, as it is for the country as a whole.

News — 24/06/2016

Innovating through design thinking Dawn Baker from NCFE on how design thinking helped them to improve customer experience and benefit the business as a whole. Dawn Baker from NCFE on how design thinking helped them to improve customer experience and benefit the business as a whole.

Opinion — 10/06/2016

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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