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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 2021-2024, 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. 

New analysis identifies some of the fastest growing UK Design Economy regions over the last decade as North East, North West, and Wales.

Employing a workforce of over 390,000 designers in these regions, the Design Economy is a significant and fast-growing industry in post Brexit Britain.

Jobs including Product and Industrial Design are central to findings:

These findings show that nurturing the design economy should be at the heart of driving jobs, skills and regional prosperity in the North.

Andy Haldane, Chair, Levelling-Up Commission

During the course of our research we will continue to measure:  

  • The social and environmental value of design

  • The economic value of design

  • Business understanding and use of design

  • Public sector understanding and use of design

  • Public understanding of design

  • Regional variations in the use of design

  • How the design economy might evolve and change over time

The full report will be published in July.