What can design do for science, and science do for design?


‘Scientists cannot be held responsible for all of the problems in science communication. Communication is a complex, two-way process. People may hear and understand a message yet not be able to act on it’. Here is a link to the article published in Cheltenham Festival’s Litmus. back in June 2013. In it there’s a discussion in how to improve better and more accessible communication for science and technology. They see that design and communication is an ‘integral’ part of the research process – not just the bit at the end that’s the ‘impact’. ‘In our definition, design is concerned with ideas and problem solving on technical, functional, aesthetic, economic and socio-political levels’.  […]

Regional Development Agencies

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in creative economy, design | No Comments
Regional Development Agencies


I can’t help but look back longingly at the really interesting projects that came out through the Regional Development Agencies in the UK. Dott 07 and Dott Cornwall perfectly illustrated  how grassroots design leads to new and better services through collaboration and innovation. Rather than me harp and eulogise on them, details can be found here: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/our-work/challenges/Communities/Dott-07/Dott-07-case-studies/ Since the RDA’s abolition, there’s been difficulty in seeking a successful and positive integrated strategy: “Creative content, skills and innovation are all much discussed… but not together. The problem is more than an organisational one. Rather, there has been an imaginative failure as to how the building blocks of our creative economy should come together.” […]