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Insight: sharing the latest design-led thinking

We engage business decision-makers, policy-makers, educators, designers and architects in the latest thinking on design and innovation so they’ll be empowered to make smart decisions that will benefit our communities and businesses.

We’re creating an open forum and holding a Design Summit to gather views, discuss issues and give substance to our advice to policy-makers. It will be the place for design in all its forms to collaborate and strengthen dialogue with industry, education and government.

Ongoing policy and research

Tom Dixon's glassesWe’re making sure design is influencing government policy, and we all know that government policy is affecting design.

In this section we explain how our knowledge and experience in design-led innovation is helping to shape policy.

We also discuss how the latest government policies, from the Budget to Big Society, are affecting the design industry.

STEM + design education

As the UK government reviews the national curriculum and design technology’s status as a compulsory school subject, the Design & Technology Association, the James Dyson Foundation and industrial designers Seymourpowell have started a campaign to secure the future of design and technology education. The Design Council is supporting the campaign. Find out more about it


Our website features lots of useful resources that small businessespublic sector managers,designers and design students and teachers might find useful.

We’ve compiled sets of free guides, case studies and lists of networks and organisations these different people might find useful.

For businesses and public sector

Designer and client talkingDesigned to inform and inspire business and public sector managers, this section of the website includesfree practical help guides, lists ofnetworks and useful organisations and case studies detailing how design has helped boost profits, increase productivity and drive down costs in other organisations.

For schools and higher education

Adrian WestawayFilms, how to guides, design projects and information on careers in design for schoolteachers, students and higher education institutions.
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For designers

Map of Uk design networksDesign is a serious business, which is why we have published a series of practical guideson complex but vital issues such as intellectual property rights andemployment law. Our regularly updated listings pages can help you find useful organisations offering support and advice, training opportunitiesand competitions.


Project based collaboration

Project-based collaboration can be simple, but does still raise questions which are important for all collaborations and partnerships, and which should be considered early on.

One obvious downside is that revenues have to be shared. So a careful analysis of your time, the client’s budget and the anticipated margins is recommended before bringing extra parties to the table.

Further considerations include:

  • If there is a lead agency and, if so, who it should be
  • If groups will be subcontracted by the lead agency or if it is a fully joint project. This
  • will affect how fees and payments are structured
  • Who has liability and/or insurance
  • Who owns any intellectual property generated during the project development
  • Who will manage the project and client relationship

As with so many business processes, it’s here that a little planning can save confusion later on.

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