Learning lessons from other nations

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You are unlikely to ever find a perfect policy in another country that you can implement in your own nation unchanged. In the improbable event that another nation has found the ideal policy for them, it may well not work … Continue reading

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The transformational role of design


In a world where challenge is seemingly everywhere and expectations higher than ever before, the importance of design to transform, to add value and to enhance the usefulness of a product, service or problem solving activity is more important than … Continue reading

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A Student Placement

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Without my placement year I would not have experienced the opportunities I have had and I certainly wouldn’t be half as confident as I am in my skill set and future aspirations. For the last nine months I have been … Continue reading

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Design research driving commercial innovation and growth

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I’m sure that many design-led organisations would support Stefano Marzano’s position on design as one of our key enabling strategic and driving functions. This is what he said in the early 2000s of design in the Philips Corporation. “Our vision … Continue reading

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How do we ensure quality in an expanding system?

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It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change”- one of the most-quoted sayings attributed to Darwin. (And the fact that Darwin neither wrote nor said those exact words hasn’t dampened the business management … Continue reading

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Improving commercial success through IP

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As Director of Innovation at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), I am regularly tantalised by new technology, dazzled by the UK’s delicious designs and captivated by our creativity. The UK’s creative industries make an enormous contribution to our experience of … Continue reading

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Design&: Creating the Future

Image: Model of planned concept design of a six bed care home for 
people with dementia

Design is about more than developing fluffy widgets. It is about problem solving and collaboration in order to develop new products and services. Design has the ability to drive forward economies. The push for design thinking in the rebuilding of … Continue reading

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Why are universities important to the green agenda?

Student Village, The Green, University of Bradford

Universities have made impressive strides in contributing to the green agenda since the issue became a national priority following the 2008 Climate Change Act. In many cases they are going above and beyond what is required of them, demonstrating commitment … Continue reading

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Let’s give the creative industries the respect they deserve

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The Government recently published a review of the creative industries’ economic contribution to the wider UK economy. The report revealed that the creative industries have been hugely outperforming other parts of the economy. This often overlooked part of our economy … Continue reading

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A message of hope from the Government to end 2013

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2013 was set to be defined as a year of tightening belts, efficiencies and tougher market pressures as austerity started to pinch; and then came the Autumn Statement. An historic announcement that this Government was going to remove any limits … Continue reading

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