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The West of England Design Forum was formed in 2006 by a bunch of passionate designers and people working in the industry who wanted to create a place for designers, and those interested in design, to come together, be inspired and promote design.

Eight years on this is still our aim. Together we will grow a dynamic, connected and thriving local design community. To be involved, get in touch!

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WEDF Talk // 4Creative

4 February 2015
Arnolfini, Bristol

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The Power of Design

To design (verb) is to create or to devise. It is a process and a way of thinking. A design (noun) has form and function; it is the result of the process of designing. As a people-centred, problem-solving process, design is a strategic tool, and a way to address challenges facing both public and private organisations. 

Design Council Spark

Design Council Spark

Design Council Spark is a new product innovation fund to uncover the UK's next great inventions. …

Design Council Spark is a new product innovation fund to uncover the UK's next great inventions. Apply now for a chance to win a place on our 20 week bespoke support programme, as well as up to £65,000 investment to help bring your physical product prototype or idea to market.

Applicants can enter for a chance to win a place on a 20 week bespoke support programme, as well as up to £65k investment to help bring their physical product prototype or idea to market. The not-for profit programme is unique. Participants donate 5% of future sales revenue back into the fund, fuelling a movement of revolutionary products for the UK and beyond.

Read the full project programme here.

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Bristol and Bath to be at centre of new design research project

A new research project that will examine the use of design in businesses and public sector …

A new research project that will examine the use of design in businesses and public sector organisations in Bristol and Bath has been launched.

The research project, Bristol & Bath by Design, brings together experts from the University of the West of England (UWE), the University of Bristol, and Bath Spa University, drawing on expertise in design, creative arts, business and law, and mechanical engineering. They will work together to undertake the first comprehensive analysis of design in the region.

The project was initiated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Design Council. The Bristol and Bath area was selected for the study because it is a creative hotspot with strengths in the creative and digital economy. Together they offer a distinct regional focus with a population of 1.1m people. Further, each city has particular specialisms in which design is a vital element, for example aerospace and defence design, animation, gaming and media in Bristol, and architecture, publishing and graphic design in Bath.

The interdisciplinary team will be led by Professor Stephen Hoskins, Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE Bristol. His primary areas of research are related to 3D printing and digital technologies and their potential for the arts. He is also a practising printmaker who has been involved in the creative arts and printing industry for over 35 years, including 20 years running a company.

Hoskins said, “This dynamic collaborative partnership of universities and key sector organisations will measure the quantifiable impact of design in the Bristol/Bath city-region across sectors and scale: from engineering and product design to multidisciplinary studios, fashion, heritage, and applied design; from designer-makers and microbusinesses to large multinationals. We are thrilled by the creative sector support of this distinctive combination of econometrics, design history, field research and analysis which will create a robust map of the business of design – its volume, impact and cultural value - in the West of England, clustering around Bristol and Bath.”

Professor Rick Rylance, CEO of the AHRC, said, “The AHRC is delighted to embark on this new project with the Design Council. It is one of a number we are leading to understand the nature and contribution of the increasingly significant creative economy in the UK. The research will contribute to our support for design research, which is one of our strategic priorities, and we hope to be able demonstrate how design creates multiple economic and social benefits for the region through universities, businesses and policymaking. We are delighted to be working with the Design Council and other partners on it.”

John Mathers, Chief Executive, Design Council, said, "The Design Council is delighted to be working with AHRC on this study, looking at the role and value of the design sector within the Bristol and Bath economy. Other research has shown how the creative economy underpins more industrial parts of the economy, and we hope this research will add something new to the picture, helping local and national policymakers to maximise the value the UK derives from its design strengths."

For further information, contact Alex Pryce (AHRC) on 01793 416 025 or a.pryce@ahrc.ac.uk.

Communications & Graphic Designer Position at PDR, Cardiff

The design research centre PDR (part of Cardiff Met University) is looking for a new person that is …

The design research centre PDR (part of Cardiff Met University) is looking for a new person that is self-motivated, has some experience of a commercial environment and a desire to work on interesting and varied tasks.

If you are successful you will join our award winning team of service designers and help us to deliver communications activities for The SPIDER Project (SPIDER is a European project that aims to make public services more effective through the use of service design). The role will include written communications, developing press releases, event management and graphic design. Full details of the role and salary visit their website.

Steers McGillan Eves Design are looking for a Junior Designer

Steers McGillan Eves Design are looking for a Junior Designer. We are an independent, …

Steers McGillan Eves Design are looking for a Junior Designer.

We are an independent, award-winning design consultancy; specialists in integrated communication for cultural, education, healthcare, charity and development sectors. Our list of prestigious clients includes: The Royal Collection, The Royal Landscape, The Crown Estate, Historic Royal Palaces, National Trust, Museums Association, Rambert and Royal Museums Greenwich.

We are looking for a Junior Desginer with up to 2 years studio experience. Candidates must be: confident; positive; organised; passionate about high quality design and its effectiveness; excellent visual and verbal communication skills; and the ability to work well under pressure. All the usual Mac skills plus an interest/specialism in web design would be an advantage.

Salary and benefit packages tbc – depending on experience.

Please apply with CV and/or portfolio to lauren@steersmcgillaneves.co.uk.