09 Jan Restarting Britain: Design Education and Growth
“To create tomorrow’s innovators our education system needs to learn from the best businesses in the world. Companies like Apple, Dyson, and JCB integrate design as engines of innovation,” commented David Kester, Chief Executive of the Design Council. “It’s time for our education system to follow suit. We need to shift from a system that encourages discrete specialist subjects to mix but remain unchanged, towards an integrative system that promotes adaption as skills needs change. Put simply, our High Schools need to be ‘iSchools’.”
This inaugural report from the Design Commission explores the link between the UK’s national design capacity, and economic growth in the 21st century. In so doing, it describes and analyses the design skillset, assesses the current strengths in the field of design education, and compares those to the practices of other nations. It sets out the current threats to the ongoing successful delivery of design education and what the Design Commission believe the UK must do now to continue to compete.