In autumn 2009 the Design Council conducted its second comprehensive survey of the UK design industry.
The survey, published in March 2010, covered 2,200 design businesses including in-house design teams, design consultancies and freelance designers working across communications, digital & multimedia, interior & exhibition, product & industrial, fashion and service design disciplines. Design businesses were asked about the profile and size of their businesses, their clients and the competition they face, their business practices and the education, training and skills of their employees.
Read the Executive Summary PDF for an overview of the key findings
Read our UK Design Industry Overview PDF factsheet for key facts and figures about the size and shape of the UK design insustry.
Read our glossary and methodology PDF factsheet to find out about how we undertook this research and definitions of key terms.
Read the Industry Insights supplement PDF which appeared in Design Week 24.03.2010. It includes analysis of the Design Industry Research findings and articles on how designers and clients see the development of the industry, their businesses and opportunities and challenges.
llustrations by Design Council graphic designer, Rebecca May.
We've also prepared a series of factsheets that break the research findings down by region, by discipline and by business type. And there's a factsheet that examines how design businesses operate and another looking at education, training and skills within the design industry.
You can download a collection of the PDF factsheets or browse through them individually by clicking on the links below: