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Research Reflections

In early 2021 Design Council commissioned BOP Consulting and University of the Arts London’s Social Design Institute to develop the methodology for the latest research programme in Design Council’s flagship Design Economy series. Their Research Reflections series explains why a new approach to measuring design is needed, and explores both the opportunities and challenges arising from it.

How do you measure design?

How do you measure design?

14 April 2021

When thinking about design’s historic home turf of manufacturing, graphics and architecture, it is relatively easy to find designers operating in sectors which result in industrial products, consumer goods or changes to the built...

Extending the brief: furthering our understanding of design and its value

Extending the brief: furthering our understanding of design and its value

14 April 2021

Since the last version of the Design Economy research in 2018, we’ve seen significant changes in the world in which design firms, designers and others in the design economy are working. For many people, concerns such as the climate emergency, persistent inequalities, and the COVID-19 pandemic have heightened awareness of their work, how they do it, and the value it brings.

History of Design Economy Reports

Methodology cheat sheet

14 April 2021

To produce the Design Economy: 2021–2024 methodology, researchers at BOP Consulting and UAL have learned from, and built on existing approaches, methodologies and data. In doing so, they have createcreate a new approach to...