Impact report: chapter 1

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15/07/2020

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Over the years, Design Council has made significant strides forward in clarifying what design is and communicating the economic, social and environmental benefits it brings. This first chapter in our Making life better by design series looks at the vital work we have done to increase understanding of design and encourage its use across public, private and third sectors.

Communicating the value of design outlines key achievements including: the development of Design Council’s Double Diamond, widely recognised as one of the simplest visual descriptions of the design process; our ground-breaking research, including two world-first reports on the value of design and design skills to the UK economy; our storytelling work which has reached millions of people; and our important work to influence policy. Recognising that design is constantly evolving, we continue to ensure we are both promoting and evidencing to all sectors of the economy the latest that design can offer.

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Case study: Design Economy

As part of our flagship Design Economy 2018 research, Design Council commissioned BOP Consulting to develop seven case studies to sit alongside the economic analysis and survey, bringing to life how some firms are using design. We chose firms leading or changing their sector in some way, with the aim to bring to life how some firms are using design, illustrating how design is being applied to new and increasingly complex environments.

News & opinion

Designing for net zero is not ambitious enough warns Design Council Design Council launches new framework enabling designers to respond more effectively to climate crisis and other systemic challenges. Design Council launches new framework enabling designers to respond more effectively to climate crisis and other systemic challenges.

News — 22/04/2021

Design Council announces new network of design experts Multi-disciplinary, diverse community of practice set to address major social, environmental and economic challenges. Multi-disciplinary, diverse community of practice set to address major social, environmental and economic challenges.

News — 19/04/2021

Coming soon! Design Economy 2021. This summer we’ll be launching Design Economy 2021, the third in our ground-breaking research series on the value of design in the UK. This summer we’ll be launching Design Economy 2021, the third in our ground-breaking research series on the value of design in the UK.

News — 12/04/2021

Prince Philip, a true champion of design Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family as we all mourn the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family as we all mourn the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip...

News — 09/04/2021

Initiative launched to find new ways to overcome inequalities in physical activity People with great ideas to tackle inequalities in physical activity are being invited to apply to Ideas to Action – a new programme delivered by Design Council, supported by Sport England and funded by the National Lottery. People with great ideas to tackle inequalities in physical activity are being invited to apply to Ideas to Action – a new programme!

News — 31/03/2021

Pioneering research set to provide most comprehensive picture to date on state of design in UK A project to develop new evaluation and research methods to capture the vast contribution design is making to the UK has been launched by Design Council. The research – which will be carried out on behalf of Design Council by the University of Arts London’s (UAL’s) Social Design Institute and BOP... A project to develop new evaluation and research methods to capture the vast contribution design is making to the UK has been launched by...

News — 01/03/2021

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