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Design Council is carrying out research for Design Economy: 2021–2024 in the open, inviting people to contribute and share their insights as we develop our methodology and approach.

In spring 2021 we hosted a series of roundtables to share our methodology and kickstart a national conversation on how design can create a more just, regenerative and healthy world. These sessions brought together people from across the design economy. Thought-provoking talks from key speakers paved the way for lively discussion and debate.

Design Council’s Lead Programme Manager, Bernard Hay, delves into the key topics discussed in his three-part ‘Design Dialogues’ series.

Two construction workers in steel factory

Design, Economics and Building Back Better

13 April 2021

In his opening provocation for this roundtable, designer Akil Benjamin asked us to imagine what role design could play in an equitable economy: ‘What does a post-covid business model look like, where design serves both businesses...

Adding Value: Capturing Design’s Social and Environmental Impact

Adding Value: Capturing Design’s Social and Environmental Impact

20 April 2021

Back in the 1970s the designer Victor Papanek remarked: “there are professions more harmful than industrial design, but very few of them”. His criticism could have been levelled at the design world more widely. The built...

Design for all: Broadening use and understanding of design by the public and public sector

Design for all: Broadening use and understanding of design by the public and public sector

27 April 2021

Over the last year we have seen communities create new support networks to help their neighbours; young people produce signs in celebration of the NHS; and public-sector organisations innovate to create pop-up vaccination...