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DHL challenges smart minds to develop innovative circular economy solutions

DHL has launched the “Fair and Responsible Challenge” requiring visionaries to come up with a concept design creating sustainable logistics solutions for the world of tomorrow. Original ideas and practical solutions that address and solve environmental and social challenges with new and innovative logistics-based business models are sought. Concepts could be connected to using logistics to...
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Design and Design Values - Research Report

This guest post is submitted by Lucy Wills, a strategic design consultant.   How can we ensure the future of the design industry, if we don’t understand the full range of critical factors that underpin its current success? To try to get as accurate and inclusive a picture as possible, the Design Values project is looking at how UK design industry can reach its full...
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New Designers ticket discount for KTN members

New Designers presents an unmissable opportunity to buy new products for your store or home, get inspired by fresh ideas and discover new design talent to commission or recruit.   This year KTN will again be supporting New Designers at the Business Design Centre. Every year over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit. The show...
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Report from the Design Council's 'Knee High Design Challenge'

This paper sets out what the Design Council learned from the approach taken in the Knee High Design Challenge programme, using design and open innovation to enable change in improving health and wellbeing.   Key highlights include the opportunity to apply aspects of this approach to tackle other complex challenges and to improve people’s health and wellbeing. The paper is...
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‘Sustainable Innovation 2016’ welcomes conceptual and research-based papers focused on Circular Economy innovation and design

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 2016   ‘Circular Economy’ Innovation & Design Part of the ‘Towards Sustainable Product Design’ series of conferences   21st International Conference 7th-8th November 2016 University for the Creative Arts  Epsom Surrey KT18 5BE  UK     CONCEPT   Sustainable...
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Multimillion pound design centre to strengthen UK innovation in the transport industry

A new multimillion pound centre of design excellence to support UK innovation in the transport industry and boost efforts to bridge a shortfall in essential creative skills will be opening at Coventry University in 2017. The announcement of the National Transport Design Centre (NTDC) comes as a new report from the Automotive Council UK identifies a need for improved education...
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How businesses can use design in early stage innovation

The benefits of using design in early stage innovation are well articulated and appreciated by Innovate UK . This latest KTN guide puts it into practice and sets out how businesses can create the right conditions and orient activity to shape the early stages of developing innovative products and services.   The guide is intended to help businesses navigate the fog of...
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International Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency and Eco-innovation Brokerage event - Liverpool 22 June 2016

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is working with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Innovate UK to organise a FREE one day brokerage, matchmaking and information event.  The event is focusing on Horizon 2020, technology transfer and commercial opportunities for businesses making the transition to a circular economy and becoming more resource efficient.   The circular...
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Register for IOM3 workshop: Eco-design & Product Sustainability in the Transport Sector

Eco-Design & Product Sustainability in the Transport Sector - Managing emerging environment and sustainability risks 17 May 2016 IOM3, 297 Euston Road, London NW1, UK Register at  www.iom3online.org/eco-design2016  (KTN discount rate available)   Eco-Design and product sustainability is becoming increasingly more important to the transport...
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Energy sector needs more designers

As energy networks become smarter and more complex, and the sector cries out for skilled engineers, the Design Council's CEO John Mathers discusses why design skills are fundamental to ensuring the sector can continue to compete in an increasingly global market.     Skilled design engineers play a vital part in the infrastructure of energy supply. Our Design Economy...
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KTN innovation panel for dementia-friendly products

KTN are launching a series of regional events at which selected designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and manufacturers can obtain confidential expert feedback and guidance on developing/commercialising their dementia-friendly product ideas.    Pilot event in London, 30 March 2016 2-5pm, 30 March 2016, KTN Suite 220, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1...
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Newly launched in UK - Design Thinkers Academy looking to train leadership teams in design thinking

Designer Thinkers Academy is launching in the UK, offering design thinking training for leadership teams at large organisations.   Design Thinkers Academy was founded in Amsterdam in 2011 and has worked with hundreds of organisations, helping them to integrate design thinking into their businesses.   The organisation’s UK arm is opening in London and is led by...
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Introducing the Healthcare Innovation Exchange (HELIX) Centre - connecting design and clinical expertise

The Healthcare Innovation Exchange (HELIX) Centre , in partnership with Imperial Health Trust’s St Mary’s Hospital, brings together design researchers and clinical staff to tackle the big demands in healthcare today.   HELIX addresses five major global health challenges: managing chronic conditions; trauma care and rehabilitation; care of the elderly; managing long-term...
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Beyond Discipline - Design Practice and Design Education in the C21st

Lara Furniss, a researcher at Birmingham City University, has undertaken a wide-ranging piece of research looking at the changes in design practice and design education since the year 2000.   For the “Beyond Discipline” research, Furniss spoke to key industry figures including designers Thomas Heatherwick and Ron Arad, chief executive officer of D&AD Tim Lindsay, chief...
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Philosophy’s influence on technology design – and why it needs to change

Philosophy often appears abstract and other-worldly, particularly when compared to the practical technology in our everyday lives. But there is much that technology can learn from philosophy, and vice versa. Software is typically designed with the efficiency of communicating in mind – whether communication within the software, or software that allows communication between people. But...
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House of Lords Select Committee on the National Policy of the Built Environment has published its report.

Building better places was published on Friday 19 February 2016, and contains a range of recommendations designed to improve the way national policy is developed and implemented in the built environment, including design quality, sustainability, housing and professional skills.   The report has looked at a number ofkey questions including:   -  What...
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Invitation to APDIG panel discussion on 17 March - 'Designed and Made in Britain?'

Following the launch of the Design and Technology Association Designed and Made in Britain campaign, this event will focus on wider concerns around the sharp decline in takeup of design education   9:30 - 11am Thursday 17th March   Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA   Chaired by John Pugh MP   ...
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The value of a leasing model to help drive the circular economy

This guest post is submitted by Rob Maslin, Director of We All Design .  We All Design, design services and strategies for a resource efficient society. The company takes a human centred design approach to coordinate users, staff, things (material resources), information and stakeholders to create more value collectively than it could in isolation.       ...
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Design for life - Sir Kenneth Grange RDI in conversation with Hugh Aldersey-Williams

For the 2016 MaDE Annual Lecture, Sir Kenneth Grange will be in conversation with Hugh Aldersey-Williams, author of British Design (MOMA) and Periodic Tales, the Curious Life of the Elements. The discussion will range from Grange’s approach to prototyping and materials selection to speculation about how advanced materials and manufacturing processes are creating new opportunities and...
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£5m EPSRC call for research proposals: 'Systems Change - Towards a Circular Economy'

EPSRC would like to invite Expressions of Interest to bid into the call for research proposals in Systems Change - Towards a Circular Economy. The aim of the call is to support research projects focused on modelling and understanding whole systems approaches to the circular economy, within the context of UK manufacturing.   EPSRC are committing up to £5 million for this call...
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€4m for 'Design-based consumer goods'

European Commission -  Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)   COS-DESIGN-2015-3-06: Design-based consumer goods II   The call for design-based consumer goods aims to shorten the time-to-market of innovative solutions, remove obstacles to wider application of creative solutions, create or enlarge markets for related products (or...
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Amazon unveils new drone design

The Seattle-based retailer has recently revealed a new prototype for its Amazon Prime Air drone delivery program, which the company said is able to fly distances of up to 15 miles and reach altitudes of 400 feet. The drone, which was featured in promotional footage on a company website, is designed to deliver packages within 30 minutes and looks like a hybrid of a helicopter and a fixed-wing...
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Design Foundations Grant funding for early-stage design

Design Foundations is a new £3m grant funding programme from Innovate UK to help businesses identify innovation opportunities and generate better propositions for desirable, useful and feasible products, services and business models. The aim is to build collaborations between businesses looking for new ways to innovate, and designers with the creative tools to provide this insight. It...
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Lasers, robotics and customisable walking aids lead the way in new competition to develop products for independent living

Lasers, robotics and customisable walking aids lead the way in new competition to develop products for independent living   Laser-emitting shoes which help people overcome ‘freezing-of-gait’ and a Meccano-style walking aid kit are just two of the inventions being developed by companies in London and the south-east which could help people stay independent for longer as they get...
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Innovate UK’s Urban Living Programme highlights future city opportunities for urban authorities

Since 2012, Innovate UK has invested £33m in future cities demonstrators across Glasgow, London, Bristol and Peterborough.   The projects were designed to enable businesses to test new solutions for connecting and integrating individual city systems, and to allow cities to explore new approaches to meeting their challenges.   Innovate UK is running a series of...
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