As the nation looks to ‘build back better,’ the need to show the contribution design can make to enable positive change has never been more important. 

This summer we’ll be launching Design Economy 2021, the latest in our ground-breaking research series on the value of design in the UK. This will be an invaluable tool for anyone with an interest in design. 

This time round we’re doing things differently. 

We’ll be exploring design’s social and environmental impact, as well as its economic contribution, giving us the most comprehensive assessment to date of the state of design in the UK.  

We’ll also be sharing our findings on a new interactive platform where you can access key statistics and stories, blogs, films and join important events!  

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The design economy refers to value created by those employed in design roles in a wide variety of industries - from design intensive sectors such as web design or animation, to designers and design-engineers in automotive or aerospace companies.  You can find out more about our previous research here

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News — 05/05/2021

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News — 22/04/2021

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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News — 09/04/2021

Initiative launched to find new ways to overcome inequalities in physical activity People with great ideas to tackle inequalities in physical activity are being invited to apply to Ideas to Action – a new programme delivered by Design Council, supported by Sport England and funded by the National Lottery. People with great ideas to tackle inequalities in physical activity are being invited to apply to Ideas to Action – a new programme!

News — 31/03/2021

Pioneering research set to provide most comprehensive picture to date on state of design in UK A project to develop new evaluation and research methods to capture the vast contribution design is making to the UK has been launched by Design Council. The research – which will be carried out on behalf of Design Council by the University of Arts London’s (UAL’s) Social Design Institute and BOP... A project to develop new evaluation and research methods to capture the vast contribution design is making to the UK has been launched by...

News — 01/03/2021

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