Today we woke up to yet another shock after a UK election and we wait to see the outcome of the Prime Minister's negotiations to form a government over the coming days.

For the country many questions will remain on what the result means for Brexit and the economy, and for key policy decisions on ageing, health, housing, education and skills.

When much of our lives can seem clouded by uncertainty, design can provide a mechanism for us to look forward and positively respond to change. More than ever, our economy and our politics will rely on creative thinking and innovation. Design Council believes that good design is at the centre of solutions. It can drive economic growth, improve our shared built environments and tackle social challenges. It can also bring people together. This will not stop after an election result, and over the coming days, Design Council will continue to look to the future.

First and foremost, we must aim to keep design talent in the country. Britain has some of the best designers in the world – it is vital that we remain the best place in the world for them to be. These minds will discover – design – how we can raise living standards; pay for social care; rejuvenate our health service; build homes and create places that enable all of us to prosper and live healthier, fulfilling lives.

We call on the new government to position design at the centre of its plans for a healthier, more prosperous Britain and to use it to respond positively to change.

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News & opinion

Cany Ash: urban storyteller and architectural entrepreneur Cany discusses why women need to take ‘just’ and ‘only’ out of their vocabulary, and how diversity is in fact about ‘interculturalism’ as opposed to ‘multiculturalism’. Why women need to take ‘just’ and ‘only’ out of their vocabulary, and the difference between ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘interculturalism’.

Feature — 15/08/2018

Diversity and business performance – is there a link? To what extent might inequalities be holding the design economy back from achieving its full value to the UK economy? To what extent might inequalities be holding the design economy back from achieving its full value to the UK economy?

Feature — 13/08/2018

Not at the heart of the NPPF but definitely in the mind We are pleased to see that design plays a much more prominent role in the revised National Planning Policy Framework. We are pleased to see that design plays a much more prominent role in the revised National Planning Policy Framework.

News — 07/08/2018

Deborah Meaden celebrates innovative products at the Spark Showcase 2018 The Design Council Spark Showcase, presented by Deborah Meaden, was the culmination of 16 weeks of graft and learning for finalists on the product design accelerator programme. The Design Council Spark Showcase was the culmination of 16 weeks of graft and learning for finalists on the programme.

Feature — 26/07/2018

New design talent – the economy needs you At New Designers 2018, an expert panel talked to graduates and their tutors about the opportunities available to them and the skills they need to nurture. Advice from New Designers 2018 to graduates and their tutors about the opportunities available to them and the skills they need to nurture.

Feature — 25/07/2018