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Design Council Announced This Year's Spark Finalists
The Design Council has announced the finalists of the 2019 Spark program - a leading UK product support program and fund.
Design Council Spark Launches The Home Innovation Challenge
The call for applications for the 2019 Design Council Spark - 'The Home Innovation Challenge' is now open. This year, entrants are required to create innovative product ideas that will make life at home easier and better for all.
Design Council Releases The Design Economy 2018 Report
The Design Council has released the Design Economy 2018, a report on the state of design in the UK, and its value to the economy. The report highlights the impact of design far into the UK economy with the majority of its value (68%) of value generated by designers working in sectors such as banking…
Designing the Future: Design Council Calls for Design to Be Front and Centre of Jobs, Skills and Services
On Monday morning, the in-tray for a returning or incoming government will be full. Brexit, security, health, social care, education, housing, economic growth and living standards - difficult and complex problems that require often immediate responses.
Design Council and Manchester Met University to Develop UK's Design Action Plan
Design Council has partnered with Manchester Met University on a new 'Design Action Plan' for the UK. The project will pull together evidence of design's value to the nation as well as spell out the steps to putting it into practice.
Design Council Launches Nationwide Survey to Uncover the Barriers in Creating Healthier Places
Design Council has launched a collaborative national research survey to better understand the barriers that stop built environment professionals from creating healthier places through their work.
Design Council Spark 2017
Entries are now open for the third Design Council Spark, a support programme and fund designed to help people turn their idea into a commercially successful product.
Design Council Spark Showcase
Design Council will showcase more than a dozen of its Spark program's pioneering products at an event to be held on September 20 as part of the 2016 London Design Festival.
Design Council Spark: Call for Entries
Design Council is calling for entries for its second Spark Innovation Fund and Fast Track Programme, dedicated to uncovering the UK's next great inventions.
UK Government Announces New Measures to Help Designers Protect Their Rights
Currently, when registering IP rights in a design, designers are required to mark the product with the word "registered," along with the associated details. This can represent a significant cost to design businesses who must re-mark their products whenever the rights status changes.
70 Ones to Watch
Design Council launched a national call for entries for Design Council's Ones to Watch - a search for 70 talented designers of the future to showcase as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations.
Design Industry Urged to Rethink Design Apprenticeships
Design Council and Creative & Cultural Skills have launched a project that will see the design industry and education providers come together to create an action plan to improve design apprenticeships.
Winners of Knee High Design Challenge
The Design Council has revealed the 10 teams with fresh ideas to improve the health and wellbeing of children under five in Southwark and Lambeth.
Design Council Announces €3.8 Million EU Fund to Build the European Design Innovation Platform
Design Council has announced that it will be leading a consortium to deliver the European Design Innovation Platform (EDIP) - a project to increase the use of design for innovation and growth across Europe.
Design Council Releases Leading Business by Design Report
The Design Council has released Leading Business by Design, a report that represents a qualitative research project that investigates the strategic use of design at senior levels in a sample of UK and global businesses.
Design Council Summit 2014: Leading Business by Design
The 2014 Design Summit, to be held at the British Museum on February 12, will explore how some of UK's best known businesses, from Rolls-Royce to Waitrose, harness the power of design to build brands, products, services, and a working culture that make them stand out in the marketplace.
Design Council Launches Knee High Design Challenge
The Design Council launched a national early years Challenge, offering people grants of up to £180,000 to turn their bright ideas into reality.
Winners of Design Council's Future Pioneers
The Design Council has today revealed the winners of its first ever Future Pioneers - a new scheme to support emerging design talent, in partnership with the New Designers exhibition.
Design Council Appoints Clare Devine as Director of Architecture and the Built Environment
The Design Council has appointed Clare Devine as its new director of architecture and the built environment.
Design Council Launches Search for Future Pioneers
The Design Council, in partnership with New Designers, has today launched the Future Pioneers scheme that will champion young designers with a vision for a better future.
Behavioural Design Lab
Warwick Business School and the Design Council have launched the world's first Behavioural Design Lab.
Design Council Appoints John Mathers as Chief Executive
The Design Council has appointed John Mathers as its Chief Executive. The Design Council also announced the appointment of two key roles in its Cabe team - to strengthen its programs for the built environment and lead the process of design review.
Design Council Urges UK Business to Embrace Design
Commenting today on the Government's publication of research on the value of design to the UK economy, the Design Council welcomed the findings which demonstrate the crucial role that design plays in UK's exports.
Design Summit 2012: We're Better Than We Think We Are - Pride Will Lead to Growth
The UK Government's Business Secretary, Vince Cable will today open Design Summit 2012 at London's City Hall to consider how Britain can capitalise on its distinctive qualities to secure economic growth and rebalance the economy.
Design Council Summit 2012: Who Do We Think We Are?
Top designers and business people are to join UK's Government ministers including Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, at the Design Council's 2012 Design Summit on June 26.
Design Wayfinder by Design Council Cabe
Design now has an even stronger role to play in the planning system, both in terms of plan making and decision taking.
Working Well Design Challenge
Designers and youth organisations are being invited to join forces to design, build and launch new digital products and services that help young people secure the opportunities they deserve in a new challenge, launched today by Design Council and Nominet Trust.
Design Council Revealed New Designs to Help People Live Well with Dementia
A fragrance-release system designed to stimulate appetite, specially-trained "guide dogs for the mind," and an intelligent wristband that supports people with dementia to stay active safely, are just some of the design prototypes to help people live well with dementia unveiled by Care Services Minister…
David Kester to Leave the Design Council
After nine years as Chief Executive of the Design Council, David Kester has announced that he will be leaving the Design Council at the end of June 2012. Until then, he will focus on major policy projects and special events.
Scientists and Designers Collaborate to Develop Next Generation Innovative British Products
Exciting new high-tech product concepts - from cancer-detecting needles and anti-counterfeiting films to new ways to use ozone to preserve packaged foods - have been unveiled, following their development from university research projects into marketable ideas by unique collaborations between designers…
Design Council Road-show to Help Hampshire Businesses Use Design to Survive, Thrive and Grow
A road show coming to Southampton will encourage businesses across the South to use design to improve sales, protect jobs and compete in the tough economic climate.
Director of Civic Voice Moves to Design Council
The Design Council announced the appointment of Tony Burton as its new Director of Policy and Communications to lead the organisation's work as a centre of insight and advice to industry, education, communities and government on the role of design.
Creating Safe Places to Live Through Design: Research Helps Police Forces to Influence Future of Housing
Creating Safe Places to Live Through Design, Design Council Cabe research on how the design of modern urban housing developments affects crime, is available to be used by police forces across the country to help influence the layout and design of new proposed neighbourhoods and prevent crime.
Design Council Road-show to Help Businesses Use Design to Survive, Thrive and Grow
A new Design Council initiative takes design to where small and medium businesses are, and helps them access mentoring in how to use design to survive, thrive and grow.
Nahid Majid: New Director of Design Council Cabe
Nahid Majid OBE is to be the new Director of Design Council Cabe, the Design Council announced today.
Design for Innovation
To coincide with the UK government's innovation and research strategy for growth, the Design Council has published Design for Innovation, a document containing facts, figures and practical plans for growth.
Restarting Britain: Design Education and Growth
Restarting Britain: Design Education and Growth, an inaugural report from the Design Commission explores the link between the UK's national design capacity, and economic growth in the 21st century.
What Design Means to Me
The Design Council commissioned a one-off book to mark HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's contribution to the promotion of UK design featuring a collection of illustrations from previous winners or designers nominated for the Prince Philip Designers Prize.
First Design Council Forum Concludes That Government Should Have a Design Strategy
The first Design Council Forum of nearly 100 leaders in design, business, government and education has cautiously agreed that government should have a design strategy.
Quentin Blake Wins Prince Philip Designers Prize 2011
Quentin Blake, one of Britain's best-loved illustrators and the man who created the world-famous images of the Big Friendly Giant and Matilda, named the winner of the 2011 Prince Philip Designers Prize by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at a ceremony at the Design Council in London.
UK Government Backs High Quality, Well-Designed Homes
The UK Government's housing strategy aims to deliver high quality homes and places which are essential to stimulate growth and necessary for social, environmental and economic sustainability.
New Projects Will Develop Innovative Services to Help Older Adults Live Independently for Longer
Three innovative small companies have each been awarded government contracts worth £100,000 to develop new services that aim to help older adults live independently for longer through adopting better approaches to food and nutrition.
Bishop Review Calls for the Decentralisation of Design Support
England needs a networked system of design support, providing local people with access to built environment expertise and advice, according to the Bishop Review, published today.
Design Council and South Australia Government Create First Internationally Endorsed Design Review Partnership
The Design Council announced a pioneering new partnership with the Integrated Design Commission (IDC SA) of South Australia, which recognises the role of good quality, well-designed places in improving quality of life and stimulating economic growth.
2011 Prince Philip Designers Prize Shortlist
The shortlist for the 2011 Prince Philip Designers Prize is revealed today, and encompasses one of the widest ranges of design disciplines in the Prize's history, from museums and galleries designers to millinery for Kylie Minogue, hydraulic ankles and illustrations for the Big Friendly Giant.
Government Asks UK Design Industry to Identify Growth Potential
An Intellectual Property Office event hosted by the Design Council with Baroness Wilcox, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills, announced the publication of the first phase of research into the use of design rights in the UK, how this affects the industry, and a call for evidence…
Design Council Announces Five Winners of the Design Fund for Growth 2011
Today the Design Council announced the five projects which will receive £100,000 in total via its Design Fund for Growth to support the formation of closer connections between business, technology and design to encourage business development and economic growth.
Design for Social and Economic Renewal is Focus of Design Council Programme at LDF
The Design Council is supporting a series of events at the London Design Festival from September 17 to 25, to promote the role of design in addressing challenges ranging from the ageing population to commercialising science & technology and protecting intellectual property rights.
Design Council CABE Announces Support to Help Communities
Design Council CABE has announced the fourteen organisations who will receive grants totalling £114,000 to fund their work with local communities in helping them raise the design quality of their area.
Design Council Launches Design Fund for Growth
The Design Council has announced a new package of support for projects that support the use of design for business growth and success.
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Bonser and Mathers: UK Product Design and Manufacturing Companies Need More Funding to Stay Competitive
John Mathers, ex-CEO of the Design Council, and design entrepreneur Damon Bonser have called for more investment in early stage UK product design and manufacturing companies to give the UK a fighting chance of staying ahead of international competition post Brexit.
Chartered Society of Designers Prince Philip Designers Prize
The Chartered Society of Designers is re-introducing the Prince Philip Designers Prize. The Prince Philip Designers Prize, initiated through the Design Council by Prince Philip in 1959, was awarded annually to a designer in recognition of their outstanding lifetime achievement in design.
Design Needs You: New Campaign to Support Aspiring Young Talent
Design Skills Academy has today launched a campaign to urge designers to provide practical support to the next generation of talent.
Seymourpowell Hires Chris Sherwin as Head of Sustainability
Seymourpowell added Chris Sherwin to its roster as Head of Sustainability. Sherwin will be responsible for developing and delivering specific sustainable innovation offers, to help clients explore the opportunities from sustainability.
Is Creative Britain in Reverse?
The Design and Technology Association has released an eight minute video in partnership with SeymourPowell and the James Dyson Foundation, as part of its campaign to raise awareness of the value of design and technology for all pupils within the national curriculum.
The London 2012 Olympic Torch Design
The East London-based design studio BarberOsgerby was chosen for the historic task through a competitive tender run by LOCOG and the Design Council.
Gus Desbarats Confirmed as Chairman of British Design Innovation
British Design Innovation (BDI) today announced the election of Gus Desbarats as chairman of the organisation.
Turquoise Appointed to Develop UK Design Skills Alliance Identity
Branding agency Turquoise has been appointed to develop the brand identity for the UK Design Skills Alliance.
Transformation Design: UK Design Council takes Design to Social Issues
In June 2005 Hilary Cottam was awarded the title "Designer of the Year" by the Design Museum, London, for her work redesigning prisons, schools and healthcare services.