Design Council

Design Council

Great design can change lives, communities and organisations for the better.

"We’ve continued to show how design offers practical solutions which deliver real results on the ground, particularly in these difficult economic times."
Martin Temple CBE, Design Council Chairman

It can create better places to live, and bring communities together. It can encourage healthier living. It can transform business and public services.

Our mission is to champion this standard of design. As the UK Government’s advisor on design, we set the benchmark for promoting design nationwide. Our research and campaigns aim to show just how much intelligent, creative design can achieve.

Working with designers and other disciplines, we tackle major issues like health, ageing and community cohesion. We help foster innovation in business and public services, and improve our built environment. And we give people the advice, practical tools and knowledge to achieve positive changes in business, government or local communities.

Most importantly, we get results. Every day, we’re proving that design can make a tangible difference, by developing products and services as useful as they are beautiful.

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Design expertise strengthens UK markets

The Design Academy project links design expertise with the ‘real world,’ and fosters greater collaboration between the faculty disciplines.

Design Council and University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham’s Technology Transfer Office offers a new way to measure a person’s heartbeat using a small, unobtrusive, light-based device.