So as 2018 comes to a close, we have put together a selection of highlights from the year.

These give a snapshot of some of the work we have done and people or teams we have worked with to make life better by design – through better places, better products, better processes and better performance. 

I hope you enjoy them and have a restful break over Christmas and New Year.

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What happens when you bring 30 students together, living 5,976 miles apart, and ask them to... Back in October 2018, Joe McCullagh, Head of Design and Associate Dean at the Manchester School of Art, reached out to Design Council with a bold vision: he wanted to bring students from across the world together to form a global design studio and support them to develop ‘glocal’ design skills. Joe McCullagh, Head of Design and Associate Dean at the Manchester School of Art, reached out to Design Council with a bold vision.

Feature — 22/08/2019

V&A Innovate: Inspiring the next generation to become the designers of tomorrow We invited Helen Charman, Director of Learning & National Programmes at the V&A to tell us more about the launch of V&A Innovate, their school-based initiative that is seeking to inspire young people about the value of design skills to solve real world challenges and support teachers to... We invited Helen Charman, Director of Learning & National Programmes at the V&A to tell us more about the launch of V&A Innovate.

Feature — 20/08/2019

Catherine Horwill argues that housing planning needs people placed at the centre A fundamental re-think of how housing is planned, delivered and managed is needed. This should include innovation within the planning system, pursuing funding and financing alternatives and embracing the efficiencies of modern methods of construction. A fundamental re-think of how housing is planned, delivered and managed is needed.

Feature — 07/08/2019

Inclusive Design at the inaugural Festival of Place: Our CEO, Sarah Weir OBE, reflects on last... Design Council have long been advocating for a ‘whole-place’ and inclusive approach to how we plan our housing, communities, towns and cities. That’s why being part of the inaugural Festival of Place in July 2019 was a refreshing experience. Design Council have long been advocating for a whole-place and inclusive approach to how we plan our housing, communities, towns and cities

Feature — 07/08/2019

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