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CEO Blog: Design is vital. Our evidence tells us so.

CEO Blog: Design is vital. Our evidence tells us so.

15 July 2020

For many years, Design Council has championed the value of design, using evidence-based research to show its economic, social and environmental impact. Making life better by design: Design Council’s story of impact clearly shows...

Creating better places for people: Design Council and Sustrans announce strategic partnership

Creating better places for people: Design Council and Sustrans announce strategic partnership

9 July 2020

Design Council provides strategic advice to local authorities across the UK, supporting them to design neighbourhoods that promote active travel. Under a new strategic partnership, Design Council and Sustrans will work together to...

Design will play a vital role in helping Government, businesses and communities build back better

Design will play a vital role in helping Government, businesses and communities build back better

8 July 2020

On 8 July, Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled measures aimed at kick-starting the economy’s recovery following the coronavirus outbreak. Design Council’s Chief Executive, Sarah Weir OBE, responds to his announcement and reflects the...

Design Council launches housing guide for Home of 2030 competition

Design Council launches housing guide for Home of 2030 competition

8 July 2020

The results of a wide-reaching public engagement exercise designed to understand and provide new insight into what people need from their homes has been launched today (Monday, 13th July 2020) by Design Council. Part of the...

A new generation of passenger hubs: Design Council publishes report into future design of local stations

A new generation of passenger hubs: Design Council publishes report into future design of local stations

29 June 2020

Design Council’s ThinkStation Summary Report, commissioned by Network Rail, provides a framework for the future design of local railway stations following a wide-reaching engagement exercise completed earlier this year. Design...

High Streets Task Force now open for business

High Streets Task Force now open for business

23 June 2020

The High Streets Task Force – an alliance of place-making experts, including Design Council – is now open for business. The consortium provides encouragement, tools and skills to help communities and local government to transform...

Journal 10 on wellbeing and urban development

Journal 10 on wellbeing and urban development

22 June 2020

Welcome to Design Council’s journal. Today’s entry is on sleep quality, wellbeing and urban development.    A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. St. Francis of Assisi Deborah Szebeko, Design Council Associate...

Design Can Help Lead Britain’s ‘Bounce Back’ from COVID-19, But The Economic Threat Is Huge

Design Can Help Lead Britain’s ‘Bounce Back’ from COVID-19, But The Economic Threat Is Huge

16 June 2020

Data published by the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) on the impact of COVID19 has illustrated what we all knew and feared: many of our most cherished sectors are under enormous threat. The scale is hard to grasp even as we...

Journal 09 on places, change and innovation

Journal 09 on places, change and innovation

11 June 2020

Welcome to Design Council’s journal. This week’s entry is on places, change and innovation.   It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its...

Journal 08 on future cities and addressing climate change

Journal 08 on future cities and addressing climate change

4 June 2020

Welcome to Design Council’s journal. This week’s entry is on future cities and addressing climate change. Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible ― St. Francis of Assisi...

Delivering urban quality, time to get serious

Delivering urban quality, time to get serious

26 May 2020

It is time for Government to set up a Design Quality Unit for England to drive up the quality of urban development in England, Design Council’s Chief Executive has announced today (Wednesday 27 May).   Sarah Weir OBE joined other...

Insights from Twitter's design team on adapting through the COVID-19 pandemic

Insights from Twitter's design team on adapting through the COVID-19 pandemic

15 May 2020

At Design Council we're embracing digital bravery as demonstrated by our initiatives to work with our clients virtually. As Senior Digital Manager, I was interested in exploring the recent increased use of Social Media, and more...