Design Council’s purpose is to make life better by design.  We are focused on achieving better performance across the economy, and we work collaboratively in partnership with others –government, public bodies and businesses – to achieve lasting results on major projects. We provide bespoke strategic advice, offer a range of programmes and develop world-leading research to show what works.

Strategic advice

Since 1944 we have been the leading, independent and trusted authority on how to use design principles to improve processes, products and places. 

Our team of in-house experts advise central, regional and local government; public bodies, businesses and international clients. Some of the organisations we work with include:


Local Government - LGA

Infrastructure agencies - Homes EnglandNetwork RailHighways England

In addition to our in-house team we have a global network of experts. Our built environment experts and design associates are acknowledged as the leaders in their fields and cover all sectors.

If you think we can help you, please get in touch.

Whatever the question, design has an answer.


Design Council’s programmes demonstrate how design makes a difference and supports creativity and innovation. They are all based on our core methodology, the Framework for Innovation, at the heart of which sits our internationally adopted design process, the Double Diamond.

Previous programmes that we have run have supported design across Europe, trained civil servants and supported business growth

Our areas of work

Design support

Design-led thinking and approaches for organisations and institutions.