Automotive report

Discover how UK automotive manufacturers are using design to remain competitive in a global market.

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Aerospace report

Find out how design is helping the UK's passenger aerospace industry respond to evolving industry trends.

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Economic sector research

In 2014, Design Council produced Leading Business by Design, a research study examining how businesses, including organisations not traditionally associated with design, are benefiting from adopting design methods and processes.

The qualitative study revealed the extent to which design is a driving force for innovation, productivity, employee engagement, reduced waste and decreased costs in some of the world's leading businesses including the likes of Diagio, O2 and Barclays.

In 2015 we focused our research on the UK's high value manufacturing sector, specifically the automotive and aerospace industries, where we investigated how design is being used in companies such as Rolls-Royce, Virgin Atlantic, Aston Martin, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover.

Resources

Annual Design Summit

In 2014 and 2015 we held  Leading Business by Design summits, where we launched our research reports and brought together business leaders, designers and industry experts to discuss how design methods and tools are being used to drive positive change in business and the wider economy. Browse the content below to find highlights videos and articles from the events.

Design conferences often consist of designers speaking to an audience of designers, when we should be forging links between designers and industry. The Summit is a great initiative to bridge that gap.

Paul Priestman, co-founder of PristemanGoode

News & Opinion

Highlights from our Leading Business by Design summit We gathered business leaders to share how they have successfully integrated design into their business strategy. We gathered business leaders to share how they have successfully integrated design into their business strategy.

News — 14/02/2014