Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation

Exploring the roles design can play in innovation and the conditions enabling those roles

Design Value is an 18 months AHRC funded-project aiming to identify the specific conditions under which design is likely to make a substantial contribution to certain forms of innovation.

Despite much research has been conducted around the definition, use, value and impact of design, which has helped to build confidence on design, and expand understanding of the role of design, such studies are not totally clear in articulating design’s specific contribution to innovation. In fact, one may argue that the increasing acceptance of design’s strategic value has diluted the discourse that focuses on the relationship between design and innovation, and has to some extend, led to assumptions that design’s ability to contribute to innovation is a given. Therefore, this research is based on the premise that design creates value, and the impact is clear but not necessarily understood. In this context, this research will gather evidence to build a clearer picture, which while conveying the complexities of the relationship between design and innovation, also identifies the specific conditions under which design contributes to innovation, the forms of innovation and the forms of these contributions.

This project operates in collaboration with Innovate UK to get access to certain number of UK based organisations to undertake a prospective and retrospective pilot study. This study will be done using both qualitative and quantitative metrics.

Project Team

CooperCooper Rachel Cooper Design Management, Design Policy, Design Thinking, Urban Design, Urban Sustainability, Socially Responsible Design, Design Against Crime, Design & Manufacture
Bruce Tether Bruce Tether Manchester Business School
MurphyMurphy Emma Murphy Design Management, Research Methodology & Methods, Branding (Organisational, Place and Services), Design Thinking, Design Procurement, Briefing Process, Design and Business.
HernandezHernandez Ricardo J. Hernandez Design Management, Innovation, Sustainable Design, Product-Service Systems, Design Process

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Design Value

Design Value

Final report from the AHRC study on the Value of Design in Innovation

Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation was an eighteen-month AHRC funded research project carried out in collaboration with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network Special Interest Group on Design. The...Read full update

Survey Innovation Practices

Survey Innovation Practices

Official launch of our survey – Collaboration with Innovate UK

After working several months developing and improving a survey on design, innovation practices, and R&D, the past 25th March we finally launched it with the collaboration of Innovate UK in the “Creating Smart Products From...Read full update

European Design Days - Brussels

European Design Days - Brussels

Understanding the network of studies related to our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation”

As part of the process of review of previous literature and studies related to our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation”, we attended the European Design Days the...Read full update

Meeting at Business Design Centre

Meeting at Business Design Centre

Kick off meeting of our project "Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation"

The 11th July the kick off meeting of our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation” was held in the Business Design Centre in London. The attendees of the meeting were: Prof. Rachel Cooper and...Read full update