Our ground-breaking 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 help us better understand and use design across the UK.  The links here take you through to some of our key reports, but if you want isn’t listed below, please visit our resources or news and opinion.

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In 2019, we are shaping up a new research and evaluation programme to investigate the state of design in the UK over the coming years. We’ll be reaching out to, and consulting with, a range of stakeholders across design, government, business and academia on what they consider as the big questions that need to be answered about design’s role and impact, and what evidence is required.

Within this, we’re keen to deliver research that speaks to our core themes for 2019: health and wellbeing; housing; infrastructure; diversity and inclusion and skills. We’re keen to hear from potential research partners on existing work and new opportunities to extend the evidence base on design.

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We have a number of ways where we work in partnership with charities, governments and corporations.  If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch.

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Further reading

KiwiCo: Inspiring the next generation of designers To find out who is out there developing educational solutions to design, we spoke to KiwiCo whose mission is to support kids’ creativity and encourage them to be makers and innovators. We spoke to KiwiCo, whose mission is to support kids’ creativity and encourage them to be makers and innovators.

Feature — 31/01/2019

Can the North lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution? The North can lead the fourth industrial revolution as it did the first. To achieve this however, we need to invest in design and, importantly, design skills. To achieve this however, we need to invest in design and, importantly, design skills.

Feature — 31/01/2019

The importance of design education Sarah Weir, Design Council CEO and Steven Kyffin, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University talk about design education at the launch of the Design Economy 2018 at the Great Exhibition of the North. Sarah Weir, Design Council CEO and Steven Kyffin, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University talk about the importance of design education.

Feature — 31/01/2019

Watch: The Design Economy 2018 – Education Malcolm Garret, Creative Director of Images & Co, talks about the importance of design education at the launch of the Design Economy 2018 at the Great Exhibition of the North. Malcolm Garret, Creative Director of Images & Co, talks about the importance of design education at the launch of the Design Economy 2018.

Feature — 31/01/2019

Starling Bank – How design benefits business Starling Bank is a digital, mobile only bank based in the UK with a team of technologists, artists, money experts, designers and marketers. They are a brilliant example of how design is being used in new and innovative ways in order to grow the business and add value to the company. Starling Bank is a digital, mobile only bank based in the UK with a team of technologists, artists, money experts, designers and marketers.

Feature — 30/01/2019

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