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Design & Design Values: design thinkers and policy makers

Design Values

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 from 18:00 to 20:30 (BST)

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Free to attend evening design forum/workshop - book now as places are limited

There are widening gaps in expectations and values between designers and their clients, agencies, recruiters, educators and policy makers. Understanding of skill requirements, and future needs is also becoming clouded. If design is to reach its true potential in supporting product, service and systems development and innovation then these issues must be addressed.

We’re inviting design thinkers and policy makers, design agencies recruiters and clients and designers to take part in an innovative and informative programme that aims to use design thinking to examine design and design values. This event is for design thinkers and policy makers and will kick off with a facilitated discussion around:

Design values:

Should design lead on embedding good practice at the core of global business and culture? What are the core values design should champion? 

Design skills:

Design practices are changing rapidly and the kind of talent needed is evolving almost faster than it can be mapped or met. Are the systems in place to sustain the pool of design talent or are we heading for a future talent skills gap? 

Design collaboration:

Design can be a facilitator for collaboration within the innovation process. However too often design is viewed as a stand-alone process, bolted on to the end of product, service or systems development. This prevents designers collaborating with other areas of expertise and exploiting the true social, economic and environmental benefits of design. How can we get past this and embed design a core part of every enterprise, making design collaboration business as usual?  

In the second part of these evenings we’ll be combining our collective experience and insight through design led facilitated exercises to further refine what we need and want from design in the future, and begin to work out how to get it.


6.00 pm registration and refreshments
6.15 pm Forum: issues, ideas, insights around the above themes:
7.00 pm Design and design values workshop
8.00 pm Attendees are welcome to stay for networking and discussion til 8:30pm. 

Please also join us on the 13th November for the results party and help us uncover new questions, new routes of enquiry.  Don’t worry if you can’t attend in person -we’ll be accepting contributions by twitter and email – and recording everything to share.


This event is part of a series - please do make sure you join us for the one evening most appropriate for you:

With thanks to the Technology Strategy Board's Design SIG for hosting this event.

Due to the size of the venue, places are limited and registration is required. Please don't just turn up as chances are we won't be able to let you take part. If you find you can no longer join us please let us know as we do have a waiting list.

Do you have questions about Design & Design Values: design thinkers and policy makers? Contact Design Values

When & Where

Hosted at Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network, Suite 211, Business Design Centre
52 Upper St
N1 London Borough of Islington
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 from 18:00 to 20:30 (BST)

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Design Values


The Design Values project is led by Lucy Wills: designer, researcher and facilitator.


Lucy works in the core communications team at Business in the Community, a leading charity that promotes responsible business.


Currently studying MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries at Central St Martins, Lucy is researching ways to help embed design at the core of innovation and enterprise, and to expose and examine the tacit skills, values and expectations that drive design. She has also been an RSA fellow since 2008.

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