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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!

Next Event

WEDF Talk // 4Creative — Born Risky

4 February 2015
Arnolfini, Bristol

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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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. 

The role of Design by the Danish Design Centre

A new report from the Danish Design Centre outlines the new innovation landscape and explores the …

A new report from the Danish Design Centre outlines the new innovation landscape and explores the future role of design.

The innovative landscape is changing. Chances are that design will play a new role in the future, entering into new constellations with other disciplines and making important contributions to innovation, job creation and growth.

The Danish Design Centre has worked to develop a clearer understanding of the role of design in innovation. The new report "New Innovation Actors – Design and Technology in the Interest of Society" is a preliminary study of the future role of design in innovation, the innovative landscape and new innovation actors.

The report is based on visits to 38 organisations and more than 50 interviews in Denmark, Europe, the United States and Japan. Download the report here.

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. 

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Research Fellow needed for Bristol and Bath by Design

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow on the Bristol & Bath by Design Project, funded by …

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow on the Bristol & Bath by Design Project, funded by the AHRC and Design Council. The principal aim of the project is to provide a detailed analysis of the economic and cultural value of the design-led sector in the Bristol and Bath region, by deploying both quantitative and qualitative methods. This analysis will reveal how the complex design ecology of the Bristol/Bath region works and its importance to the regional and national economy. This role will use statistical analysis research methods to scope the design landscape and broader geographic area and undertake analysis of existing codes and economic data within existing literature. The post holder will be expected to make a major contribution to the publication of the research outputs and developing innovative means of dissemination and the application of the research outcomes. 

This is a full-time, fixed term post, salary band £31,342 - £37,394.

The closing date for applications is 3 December 2014. 

Search http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/workingatuwe using the job reference 1446326