In the UK, understanding of design is often limited to aesthetic considerations and this is reflected in the way the design sector is measured in national datasets. Design is underused by businesses and undervalued by government, but we know it can make a significant contribution to a changing UK.

Our research provides evidence on the impact and value of design. We explore design’s role in economic development, tackling societal challenges and delivering inclusive places, to advance the understanding and use of design across the UK.

Our Design sector research

Further reading

Uniti cars: From Sweden to Silverstone, the electric car revolution Swedish automotive start-up Uniti’s first eco-friendly city car will be built at a facility in Silverstone Park, home of the British Formula 1 Grand Prix. Swedish automotive start-up Uniti’s first eco-friendly city car will be built at a facility in Silverstone Park, home of British Formula 1.

Feature — 11/12/2018

London isn’t the only option – the growth of regional creative hubs Mike Rawlinson, Design Director and Founder of City ID, a city information and wayfinding design company based in Bristol, tells us how his organisation has benefited from being local and the introduction of their design award for students. Mike Rawlinson, Design Director and Founder of City ID, tells us how his organisation has benefited from being local

Feature — 11/12/2018

Watch: The Design Economy 2018 – Localisation The design, creativity and innovation that takes place in the regions throughout the UK, and how firms do not have to be based in London to flourish. Design throughout the regions of the UK, and how firms do not have to be based in London to flourish.

Feature — 10/12/2018

Monzo: Designing good mental health into the way we bank We caught up with Zander Brade, Lead Product Designer at Monzo Bank, to talk about the importance of design and innovation, and how a focus on mental health showed Monzo that embedding accessibility within products and services will ultimately benefit everyone. How embedding accessibility within products and services will ultimately benefit everyone.

Feature — 17/10/2018

Video: The link between design and innovation For the release of our groundbreaking report The Design Economy 2018, we spoke with Alistair Kitching of Reece Innovation to find out more about the link between design and other key areas of innovation such as science and engineering. We spoke with Alistair Kitching of Reece Innovation to find out more about the link between design and other key areas of innovation.

Feature — 10/10/2018