Design For Europe

Design For Europe aims to increase the use of design for innovation and growth across Europe.

Led by the Design Council, Design For Europe will develop the European Design Innovation Platform over 3 years and aims to accelerate design-driven innovation in order to boost innovation, growth and job creation across the EU.

It will do this by raising awareness of how design-driven innovation already increases efficiency in public services and drives business growth across Europe. The project has been co-financed by the European Commission.

The project will be delivered in three ways:

  • A web platform that will bring together knowledge and examples of design for innovation, from across the EU, in the public and private sector. This will act as a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in finding out the latest tools and techniques for applying design and making connections
  • A programme of events for European business people, public service managers, and policymakers to increase their awareness of design’s role in innovation and growth, and inspire investment
  • Sharing the power of design with European industry through a consortium of 14 EU wide partner organisations including Lancaster University. Countries that currently lag behind with design-driven innovation will be equipped with the knowledge and tools, and confidence and capacity to catch up by being included in the project.

Policy - Promoting understanding of design's impact on innovation policy

1. Advocating design's role in innovation to policy makers across Europe

2. Measuring the economic impact of design and its role alongside other intangible assests in value creation

3. Applying design methods in multi-disciplinary research and innovation programmes that address complex challenges

4. Developing competencies and applying methods for design-driven innovation in education and training

5. Facilitating continuous dialogue among the key stakeholders of design-driven innovation policy

Enterprise - Promoting the adoption of design to drive renewal in the public sector

6. Creating capacity to deliver support for design-driven innovation for businesses throughout Europe

7. Strengthening European SME's ability to use design as a strategic tool in creating products and services with a higher value for their customers

8. Enhancing cooperation among companies that invest in design as a competitive asset

9. Promoting new collaborative innovation strategies and practices that enable new business models

10. Integrating design into research and development to better support commercial and societal applications benefitting from a strong user orientation

11. Investigating the needs to update the protection of the intellectual property rights for design

 

Public sector - Promoting the adoption of design to drive renewal in the public sector

12. Building the capacity of public sector administrators to use design methods and to procure design effectively

13. Enhancing research and develpment of design-driven innovation for efficient and user-friendly public services

14. Promoting peer learning and cooperation among public-sector actors looking for design-driven solutions

Project Team

CooperCooper Rachel Cooper Design Management, Design Policy, Design Thinking, Urban Design, Urban Sustainability, Socially Responsible Design, Design Against Crime, Design & Manufacture
HandsHands David Hands Design Policy Development; Design Briefing; Design Leadership; Designing against Crime; New Product Development.
HernándezHernández Gabriel Hernández Design-based Learning: improving education through Design. Outlining best practices for driving innovation into learning.
ChisholmChisholm John Chisholm Innovation, Design Management, European Policy, Business Support

Updates

Design for Europe: Employing Scenarios to Benchmark the Effectiveness of European Design Policy

OutcomeConference Paper

Effective design innovation policy is increasingly recognised as a driver for competitiveness and prosperity of nations. Policy makers in Europe face a challenge when evaluating the effectiveness of design innovation policies due to a lack of reliable and comparable data. The European Commission has...More information

Watch Out Design, Europe is Coming

Articleby Martyn Evans

Delivered as part of the Harnessing Creativity: Creative Economy Seminar held at The Dock, Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland on Friday 27 March 2015. ...Read full article

Harnessing Creativity: Creative Economy Seminar

Event2 years, 4 months and 24 days ago

27th of March 2015, The Dock, Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland

Showcasing the diversity of Irish & UK creative enterprises and practices

A vibrant & dynamic mix of creative industry experts from UK and Ireland shared their knowledge and cutting edge research of the...Read full update

Design for Europe: Developing the User Experience

Design for Europe: Developing the User Experience

6th Steering Committee Meeting and Consortium Meeting - Copenhagen 24-25 March 2015

Design for Europe project partners came together once again for the latest in a series of regular consortium meetings, this time hosted by the Danish Design Centre (DDC) at their new offices in Copenhagen. An...Read full update

Design for Europe - Development of the European Design Innovation Platform

Design for Europe - Development of the European Design Innovation Platform

Following the announcement of €3.8m EU funding to build the European Design Innovation Platform, the consortium starts work and plans its launch event in Brussels.

The European Design Innovation Platform (EDIP) is a digital platform that will bring together knowledge and exemplars of design’s...Read full update

Design Council announce €3.8 million EU fund to build the European Design Innovation Platform

Design Council announced that it will be leading a consortium to deliver the European Design Innovation Platform (EDIP) with Lancaster University as key partner.

Design Council announce €3.8 million EU fund to build the European Design Innovation Platform. The press release is now...Read full update