Design Council is a charity and is recognised as a leading authority on the use of strategic design.

We use design as a strategic tool to tackle major societal challenges, drive economic growth and innovation, and improve the quality of the built environment. Our approach is people-centred and enables the delivery of positive social, environmental and economic change. We address all aspects of design including product, service, user experience and design in the built environment. We are the UK government’s adviser on design.

Established in 1944 to demonstrate the value of industrial design in reviving post-war Britain, Design Council is now an enterprising charity which works to improve people's lives through the use of design.

In 2011, Design Council merged with CABE, the government’s adviser on design in the built environment.

Together, we are passionate about using design to improve people's lives and we believe that design-led innovation can stimulate business growth, transform public services and enhance places and cities.


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