Design thinking space

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If we are serious about growing an innovation-led knowledge economy, the role of design needs to be better understood. With increasing emphasis on the value of interdisciplinary work, design is playing a more prominent role in driving new forms of working and is integral to the innovation process.

In collaboration with the Design Council, we are exploring the role of design in universities, across the innovation landscape and in the economy. We are seeking to better understand and articulate the interdisciplinary nature of design and the crucial role it plays in solving big challenges faced across society.

Drawing on a long and rich history, Alliance universities have significant strengths in design education and research and as such University Alliance is well placed to lead the exploration of these themes.

To begin exploring these themes we are collating think pieces to stimulate discussion and to inform our future work in this area.

Items tagged with: Design thinking space

Blog: The transformational role of design

April 15, 2014

Transform

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

Blog: Design research driving commercial innovation and growth

April 8, 2014

Image courtesy of Bruno Cordioli

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

In the News: Design Week – Report calls for a ‘revolution’ in design education

March 26, 2014

Design Week

Design & Creating the Future, a report from University Alliance, features in Design Week. A new report out today is calling for a ‘revolution’ in design education while making a strong economic case to Government for backing design-led research. In … Continue reading

News Releases: New report calls for an increase in support for design-led research

March 25, 2014

Design Bookshelves by loungerie

University Alliance, in partnership with the Intellectual Property Office, has today published a new report ‘Design&: Creating the Future’ which is calling for an increase in support for design-led research. The future growth, wealth and health of our economy will … Continue reading

Featured: Design& Creating the Future: Designers, Universities and Research

March 24, 2014

Design&greenweb

University Alliance, in partnership with the Intellectual Property Office, has today published a new report ‘Design&: Creating the Future’ which is calling for an increase in support for design-led research. The future growth, wealth and health of our economy will … Continue reading

Blog: Improving commercial success through IP

March 21, 2014

Image courtesy of Sparky, flickr

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

Blog: Design&: Creating the Future

March 21, 2014

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

Events: Design&: Creating the Future

February 4, 2014

Design Bookshelves by loungerie

On Tuesday 25 March we held the official launch of our new report Design&: Creating the Future. This is a joint project from University Alliance and the Intellectual Property Office with the launch event kindly being hosted by the Design Council. This project showcases the best … Continue reading

Blog: Let’s give the creative industries the respect they deserve

January 28, 2014

Smart Cookie Design example

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

Blog: Design: a long view

November 22, 2012

Government School of Design, Somerset House, 1837

Design is a historically and culturally situated practice. It has meant different things, to different people throughout history, and so when questioning what role design plays in the educational disciplines and activities of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), it … Continue reading