With the government seeking to better stimulate innovation and support business-led growth across the country to rebalance the economy, Design Council is releasing full digital versions of our Leading Business by Design series.

Leading Business by Design is our research series looking at the evolving role of design in some of the world's leading businesses. The series contains four publications, all now available to download in their entirety for free:

These reports have already had a significant impact on policy and business thinking in the UK and beyond, and we aim to enable others to realise the benefits and added value of design.

Building on this legacy, in 2017 Design Council will be undertaking an ambitious research project looking at the growing phenomenon of 'design-led innovation' across the economy. Our aim is to better understand the factors which foster design-led innovation, and measure these spatially.

We want to know which areas of the UK are using design to innovate and those who need further support. We believe such insights are essential if the government is to truly realise its ambitions for a competitive, high skilled and geographically balanced economy. 

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KiwiCo: Inspiring the next generation of designers To find out who is out there developing educational solutions to design, we spoke to KiwiCo whose mission is to support kids’ creativity and encourage them to be makers and innovators. We spoke to KiwiCo, whose mission is to support kids’ creativity and encourage them to be makers and innovators.

Feature — 31/01/2019

Can the North lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution? The North can lead the fourth industrial revolution as it did the first. To achieve this however, we need to invest in design and, importantly, design skills. To achieve this however, we need to invest in design and, importantly, design skills.

Feature — 31/01/2019

The importance of design education Sarah Weir, Design Council CEO and Steven Kyffin, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University talk about design education at the launch of the Design Economy 2018 at the Great Exhibition of the North. Sarah Weir, Design Council CEO and Steven Kyffin, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University talk about the importance of design education.

Feature — 31/01/2019

Watch: The Design Economy 2018 – Education Malcolm Garret, Creative Director of Images & Co, talks about the importance of design education at the launch of the Design Economy 2018 at the Great Exhibition of the North. Malcolm Garret, Creative Director of Images & Co, talks about the importance of design education at the launch of the Design Economy 2018.

Feature — 31/01/2019

Starling Bank – How design benefits business Starling Bank is a digital, mobile only bank based in the UK with a team of technologists, artists, money experts, designers and marketers. They are a brilliant example of how design is being used in new and innovative ways in order to grow the business and add value to the company. Starling Bank is a digital, mobile only bank based in the UK with a team of technologists, artists, money experts, designers and marketers.

Feature — 30/01/2019

Uniti cars: From Sweden to Silverstone, the electric car revolution Swedish automotive start-up Uniti’s first eco-friendly city car will be built at a facility in Silverstone Park, home of the British Formula 1 Grand Prix. Swedish automotive start-up Uniti’s first eco-friendly city car will be built at a facility in Silverstone Park, home of British Formula 1.

Feature — 11/12/2018

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