Design Revolution: Innovative Cities and Business

25 May 2016

Thank you to everyone who joined us Dundee on 25th May. We’d love to hear your feedback via our 60-second survey 

A design revolution is sweeping the globe. It is a revolution worth £72 billion to the UK economy alone.  It is a grassroots business revolution – businesses who are embracing design in every aspect of their working day, implementing design as a fundamental strategic imperative and proving how design can be the guarantor of innovation, growth and economic opportunity.

On 25 May 2016, the Design Revolution came to Dundee – the UK’s first and only UNESCO City of Design. Together, V&A Museum of Design Dundee and Design in Action profiled a range of pioneering design-led businesses, adventurous design cities, and global academic partnerships.

Design Revolution showcased the rewards design can bring to our businesses and our economy.

Speakers and topics included:

  • Stephen Miller, Design CouncilUK Design Economy – Financial Impact and the Opportunities for Business
  • Dr Claudia Nicolai, Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam: Changing Organisations Through Design Thinking

With talks on from UNESCO Cities of Design:

  • Shenzen, China; Helsinki, Finland; Graz, Austria; St. Etienne, France

Case Studies from Scottish and international business including, Scott & Fyfe, W.L. Gore, Squidz and Mozilla. Plus breakout sessions and workshops on:

  • How to brief a designer
  • Connected High Street: Design on the Ground
  • Designer speed-dating for businesses
  • ‘Block Exchange’ – Cryptocurrencies e.g. Bitcoin
  • How to embed design in your business and why you should care
  • IP, therefore I am: A pragmatic guide to protecting your Intellectual Property.

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