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

How 'isolation art' brought people closer to the places they love We have travelled over 173,000 miles, 134 days, 100 requests, over 20 countries (including the God’s own county of Yorkshire) and 72 cities. We’ve gone to 15 places of worship, 10 museums or galleries and 5 performance venues, We have travelled over 173,000 miles, 134 days, 100 requests, over 20 countries (including the God’s own county of Yorkshire) and 72 cities.

News — 12/08/2020

Design in the Public Sector Programme 2020 - APPLICATIONS OPEN Local councils in England will be considering innovative new ways to address the climate crisis, thanks to the latest Design in the Public Sector programme – run by Design Council and the Local Government Association – which opens to applicants today Local councils in England will be considering innovative new ways to address the climate crisis...

News — 10/08/2020

Design Council responds to proposed planning reforms ​The government has today announced a shake-up of a planning system to streamline processes, cut red tape and harness technology to deliver homes faster. Key elements of the reforms, outlined in the policy paper Planning For The Future will see... ​The government has today announced a shake-up of a planning system to streamline processes, cut red tape and harness technology to...

News — 06/08/2020

What public engagement teaches us about housing design People want different things from their homes at different stages of their lives but some things are universal, writes our Chief Executive, Sarah Weir. People want different things from their homes at different stages of their lives but some things are universal, writes our Chief Executive,

News — 03/08/2020

Journal 11 on sustainable towns and cities Welcome to Design Council’s journal. Today’s entry is on the physical and spatial characteristics of sustainable towns and cities and the transformation of Rainbow Park. Today’s entry is on the physical and spatial characteristics of sustainable towns and cities and the transformation of Rainbow Park.

News — 27/07/2020

International station design competition now open Design Council welcomes the launch of Network Rail’s and the RIBA’s international station design competition Design Council welcomes the launch of Network Rail’s and the RIBA’s international station design competition

News — 16/07/2020

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