As part of our 70th year celebrations, we’re exploring how design is moving into new and uncharted areas, reaching deeper into core business processes and tackling urgent social problems – key issues that will drive the Design Economy of the future.
The Design Economy series asks: In an age of austerity, rising inequality, urbanisation and ageing populations, climate change, the redefinition of the role of the state, big data and ubiquitous surveillance, how are we, as a society, to assess the risks and opportunities found in design’s ascendency?
How realistic are the claims being made for new transformational design disciplines? Are they overly optimistic – or perhaps overly cautious?
What are the challenges and the key questions, the obstacles and opportunities, for citizens and leaders?
Shouldn’t we be asking ourselves serious questions about how design is transforming our world – questions about design’s limits, values and ethics – before it’s too late?
Articles in this series:
- The Design Economy primer: how design is revolutionising health, business, cities and government
- The secrets of the Chief Design Officer
- Reinventing death for the twenty-first century
- Can Obama reduce the ‘empathy deficit’?
- Can designers fix our ailing democracy?
- The ethics of digital design
- Is this the bank of the future?
- It’s education, stupid. Or, how the UK risks losing its global creative advantage
- Policy v5.127: Could government make services like Dyson makes vacuum cleaners?
- Will the Internet of Things set family life back 100 years?
In addition to the Design Council website, online economics and policy magazine Pieria and Medium, a leading US-based editorial platform started by Twitter’s founder, will be publishing the long-form articles over the next 10 weeks.
We hope the series will open up conversations amongst readers – design industry thinkers and practitioners, leaders in business and public service, policymakers, architects and planners, healthcare providers – the intellectually curious across all disciplines.
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