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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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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

Patrick Kendal - still a One to Watch We caught up with Ones to Watch Patrick Kendal to find out how his Kickstarter-funded Spring Oven is making it to the market We caught up with Ones to Watch Patrick Kendal to find out how his Kickstarter-funded Spring Oven is making it to the market

Feature — 26/07/2016

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

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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