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New to the virtual world? We will guide you to make the most of your experience. We can also support your organisation to find new ways of working virtually- developing design-led policies, processes and practices to get the very best out of working and collaborating remotely.

Design that works for all

Design shapes the world. To be inclusive, design has to reflect the rich make-up of society and to allow people from different backgrounds and worldviews to thrive. People of different ages, genders, social, ethnic or cultural backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientation, faith or life experience. At...

Our history

Design Council was established by Winston Churchill’s wartime government in December 1944 to support Britain’s economic recovery. The Council of Industrial Design, as it was then known, had the founding purpose of promoting ‘by all practicable means the improvement of design in the products of...

Our strategic themes

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

Download our Systems-shifting design report System Shifting Design (October 2021) sets out emerging practice observed from designers who are working to deliberately and generatively to create new systems of health, wellbeing, homes and community. System Shifting Design (October 2021) sets out emerging practice observed from designers who are working to deliberately and generatively...

Guide — 19/10/2021

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. 

What we do

Latest News & Opinion

ExploreStation: have your say on Network Rail's new local station design. Join this exciting opportunity to shape the design of local stations in Britain. Explore the initial designs from 7N Architects, the winners of a recent international design competition run by Network Rail and the RIBA. Tell us what you think of them and help develop their proposals. Join this exciting opportunity to shape the design of local stations in Britain.

News — 05/10/2021

Design Council launches Design Economy 2021 Three-year research programme will examine the social, environmental and economic value of UK design. Three-year research programme will examine the social, environmental and economic value of UK design.

Feature — 28/07/2021

100 days to COP26 It’s 100 days to go until COP26 - the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference - and the most important summit on climate change in a generation. It’s 100 days to go until COP26 - the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference - and the most important summit on climate change in a g

News — 23/07/2021

Design Council announces new network of design experts Multi-disciplinary, diverse community of practice set to address major social, environmental and economic challenges. Multi-disciplinary, diverse community of practice set to address major social, environmental and economic challenges.

News — 19/04/2021
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