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Meet the Spark finalists 2017 Meet the Spark 2017 finalists and hear all about the ideas that saw them selected for Design Council's Spark product innovation programme. Meet the Spark 2017 finalists and hear all about the ideas that saw them selected for Design Council's Spark product innovation programme.

Feature — 18/07/2017

Our top picks from New Designers Sarah Weir picks her top 5 "ones to watch" from the 32nd edition of New Designers. Sarah Weir picks her top 5 "ones to watch" from the 32nd edition of New Designers.

Opinion — 12/07/2017

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

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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