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COVID-19 UPDATE

Design Council is now working virtually in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our staff and stakeholders, and continue our mission to make life better by design. We will continue to convene people from across all disciplines and sectors – from grassroots to government – over the coming weeks. We know that our stakeholders will have many questions about how to adapt to life during and after COVID-19, from safeguarding our health and wellbeing, to reshaping and rebuilding local economies, to leading more sustainable lives. 

We are currently exploring how we can best support those of you who are thinking about how you can reshape and deliver your services, or adapt your spaces given our changed way of life at this time. Please do get in touch to share your thoughts or if you think we can support you, email us on innovation@designcouncil.org.uk.

Using design as a force for change

Download our Strategy 2020-24 Our Strategy 2020-24 outlines how we will ensure design is used as a force for change, helping us to tackle some of the toughest economic, societal and environment challenges in the UK and beyond. This document outlines our key priorities – improving health and wellbeing, enabling sustainable... Our Strategy 2020-24 outlines how we will ensure design is used as a force for change, helping us to tackle some of the toughest challenges

Report — 23/03/2020

Design Perspectives: Design Skills Design Council believes that the development of design skills across our current and future workforces is essential. This report intends to explain why. It considers the importance of anticipating the post-COVID-19 economic recovery as well as other ongoing challenges, such as the impact of... Design Council believes that the development of design skills across our current and future workforces is essential...

Report — 13/08/2020

A ten step guide to running a design workshop in primary schools This ‘How to’ guide for design and technology primary school teachers takes you through ten easy steps to running a design workshop, including advice on what materials you will need, how to push your students to think bigger and better and how you can tailor workshops to fit the time you have to... This ‘How to’ guide for design and technology primary school teachers takes you through ten easy steps to running a design workshop...

Guide — 13/08/2020

Whatever the question, design has an answer.

Design Council champions the power of design to tackle the biggest challenges of our time and bring about real, positive change in people’s lives.

Every day we consult with industry, government and individuals to advise them on how design can improve the things that matter most. 

How can we improve our health and wellbeing? The places we live? The communities we’re all part of? These are the questions we seek to answer, as we strive to make Britain better by design. 

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How 'isolation art' brought people closer to the places they love We have travelled over 173,000 miles, 134 days, 100 requests, over 20 countries (including the God’s own county of Yorkshire) and 72 cities. We’ve gone to 15 places of worship, 10 museums or galleries and 5 performance venues, We have travelled over 173,000 miles, 134 days, 100 requests, over 20 countries (including the God’s own county of Yorkshire) and 72 cities.

News — 12/08/2020

Design in the Public Sector Programme 2020 - APPLICATIONS OPEN Local councils in England will be considering innovative new ways to address the climate crisis, thanks to the latest Design in the Public Sector programme – run by Design Council and the Local Government Association – which opens to applicants today Local councils in England will be considering innovative new ways to address the climate crisis...

News — 10/08/2020

Design Council responds to proposed planning reforms ​The government has today announced a shake-up of a planning system to streamline processes, cut red tape and harness technology to deliver homes faster. Key elements of the reforms, outlined in the policy paper Planning For The Future will see... ​The government has today announced a shake-up of a planning system to streamline processes, cut red tape and harness technology to...

News — 06/08/2020

What public engagement teaches us about housing design People want different things from their homes at different stages of their lives but some things are universal, writes our Chief Executive, Sarah Weir. People want different things from their homes at different stages of their lives but some things are universal, writes our Chief Executive,

News — 03/08/2020

Journal 11 on sustainable towns and cities Welcome to Design Council’s journal. Today’s entry is on the physical and spatial characteristics of sustainable towns and cities and the transformation of Rainbow Park. Today’s entry is on the physical and spatial characteristics of sustainable towns and cities and the transformation of Rainbow Park.

News — 27/07/2020

International station design competition now open Design Council welcomes the launch of Network Rail’s and the RIBA’s international station design competition Design Council welcomes the launch of Network Rail’s and the RIBA’s international station design competition

News — 16/07/2020
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