PDR - International Centre for Design & Research

PDR - International Centre for Design & Research


PDR is a world leading design consultancy and research centre.


To provide high quality research activity alongside award winning, proven and highly experienced consultancy practice.

What do we do?

Research, Consultancy, Training, Knowledge Exchange


Research, Consultancy, Training, Knowledge Exchange.


18 major international design awards, including red dot, iF, German Design Award, Good Design, core77 and International Design Excellence Award
ISO 9001:2008, IIP Accredited


Over two decades of a unique approach, blending leading, high quality research and highly experienced consultancy practice.

Launch of 1st Design4Innovation Policy Booklet
Category: Members news

The Design4Innovation Policy Booklet is intended to support governments and stakeholders to develop Design Action Plans and to integrate design into innovation policy, based on the experience from other countries and regions that have mapped their Design Ecosystems. 

Design4Innovation: Sharing Best Practice
Category: Members news

The third meeting of the Design4Innovation partners, which took place from 7 to 8 November 2017 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, was hosted by the Galician Agency of Innovation (GAIN) and focused on financial support mechanisms for SMEs. 

Greenhouse training programme: Early Bird Rate Closing Soon
Category: Members news

Greenhouse is a unique training programme created by PDR to upskill public service leaders and policymakers in service and policy design methodology and tools. It is now available to book for December 2017.

People Powering Policy
Category: Members news

PDR report on a two-year project to identify if, where and how design research could enhance policymaking through greater citizen involvement.

EU Design Days 2017: “The Next Step”
19/09/2017 to 20/09/2017

This is the sixth edition of our successful series of EU Design Days. This year we will focus on the transformation of cities and regions and how design and innovation contributes to dealing with challenges such as an aging population, sustainable energy, climate adaptation and mobility solutions. In collaboration with practitioners, researchers and policymakers the EU Design Days 2017 seek to take an important next step in the transformation of cities and regions towards high quality of life, building on but also going beyond current practice.

Design4Innovation Workshop 3: Good practices in financial support
07/11/2017 to 08/11/2017

Having mapped our Design Innovation Ecosystems and examined the Operational Programmes in our partner regions, we meet in Santiago de Compostella on 7th and 8th November to identify the best practice in financial mechanism for business and innovation support, such as subsidy and grant schemes, including innovation vouchers. This time the event is hosted by GAIN - Galician Agency of Innovation.

Innovation Coffee Morning at PDR
Category: Members news

To mark the launch of Design for Innovation project, the lead partner PDR / Cardiff Metropolitan University, organised Innovation Coffee Morning on 25 January 2017 for its co-workers

Tags:policy, SMEs
Design4Innovation Kick-off meeting in Bruges
Category: Members news

The first Design4Innovation project meeting on 7th, 8th and 9th of March, kick-started a new interregional collaboration aiming to enhance SME competitiveness.

Tourism-ID Cooperation Roundtable

Through the roundtable, we aim to listen to the “regional voices”, in order to gather insights regarding tips, issues, experiences, etc on designing and implementing innovation programmes for tourism sector.

Tags:SMEs, tourism