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

The Design Economy 2018 – Introducing the case studies Design Council commissioned seven case studies to sit alongside the economic analysis and survey from the Design Economy 2018, bringing to life how some firms are using design. We commissioned seven case studies to bring to life how some firms are using design in a systematic or strategic way.

News — 14/09/2018

Diversity and business performance – is there a link? The 2018 design economy is 78% male, which is a higher figure than for the wider UK workforce (53% male) and has not improved since the last edition of the Design Economy in 2015. To what extent might inequalities be holding the design economy back from achieving its full value to the UK economy? To what extent might inequalities be holding the design economy back from achieving its full value to the UK economy?

Feature — 13/08/2018

Design Council launches the Design Economy 2018 at Northern Powerhouse Summit At the Northern Powerhouse Summit on Thursday 5 July, Design Council CEO Sarah Weir launched our new Design Economy report alongside Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark. Design Council CEO Sarah Weir launched our new report alongside Greg Clarke, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

News — 09/07/2018

The future is design Design Council launches The Design Economy 2018 report, setting out the position of UK design and establishes a vision for its future. Design Council launches The Design Economy 2018 report, setting out the position of UK design and establishes a vision for its future.

News — 28/06/2018