Using design as a force for change

At Design Council we believe in using design as a force for change – enabling us to tackle some of the toughest economic, societal and environmental challenges. We commission pioneering, evidence-based research, develop ground-breaking programmes and use insights from these in our ongoing influencing and policy work, to show the power of design and how it impacts three key areas of the economy: business innovation, places and public services. 

In March 2020 we published our new strategy, which outlines our key priorities for the next four years. Over this time, we will focus on three key areas which urgently need to be addressed: improving our nation’s health and wellbeing, and addressing health inequalities across the UK; enabling sustainable living and helping the UK reach its stated net zero targets; and intensifying our market making work for design by helping people access, understand and learn essential design skills. 

These are complex challenges which require more than one solution – requiring input from grassroots to government. We will use our experience and expertise to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to shape a prosperous, healthier and sustainable society. 

The bulk of this strategy was developed before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. As an agile and forward-thinking organisation, we are prepared to shift the emphasis of our work if necessary so we can best respond to this unprecedented situation.  

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

Report — 23/03/2020

Our three key areas of focus