Design Council

Design Council

Our Vision:

As CABE and the Design Council come together, we’re well placed to give a strong voice to architecture and design. Uniting two world-class centres of design excellence, our merger reflects the widening role and influence of design. From the spoon, to the coffee-making machine, to hallway furniture, to the building, to the street, to the environment, to the neighbourhood, to the city, the power and potential of design is wonderfully evident. Away from physical ‘things’, services and systems can also benefit from a design-focused approach to problem solving. Our two organisations bring complementary skills and beliefs.

Starting life in 1944 as the Council of Industrial Design, the Design Council has a proven track record encouraging innovation. Similarly, CABE, the successor of the Royal Fine Art Commission, is the respected champion and enabler of design quality in the built environment. Together, as a leaner, more focused ‘enterprising charity’, we’re determined to put design at the heart of Britain’s social and economic renewal.


What we do:

Design Council is a charity and is recognised as a leading authority on the use of strategic design.

We use design as a strategic tool to tackle major societal challenges, drive economic growth and innovation, and improve the quality of the built environment. Our approach is people-centred and enables the delivery of positive social, environmental and economic change. We address all aspects of design including product, service, user experience and design in the built environment. We are the UK government’s adviser on design.

We work by connecting decision makers with the right design help to solve their problem. This can include helping them to build their own capability as users of design, or they might be helping us prove that design has a role in dealing with big national challenges. Either way, we couldn't do what we do without partners and designers.

New research finds design skills are vital to UK productivity but businesses face a growing skills gap
Category: Members news

In the recently published first of its kind research Designing a Future Economy: Developing design skills for productivity and innovation’, Design Council measured design skills against economic performance to understand their entire contribution to the UK economy.  

UK Design Council responds to Industrial Strategy Green Paper
Category: Members news

The Design Council have shared a design blueprint in response to the UK government’s recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper; they also share news of their Transforming Aging project.