Design Economy work platformed at Atlanta Design Festival

Over recent years we have built up a close working relationship with the Atlanta Design Festival and have been honoured to have contributed on three occasions. One of the many disappointments of 2020 has been the postponement of the Festival.  But Festival organisers MA! are nothing if not adaptive and innovative.  Instead of holding a physical festival this year, they converted the Festival to an online event from 12th to 20th September. We were delighted to see the work we completed for them about the size and scale of the Atlanta Design Economy platformed in one of the sessions.  The presentation can be found at We’re currently thinking about how design might help cities and places improve their recovery from the economic and social impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. …
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The Design Economy

Charity, Research, analysis and evidence, Sectors
Design Council commissioned our team, whilst working at TBR, to undertake research which articulated the value of design in the UK.  The research followed a similar methodology to that used in the DCMS Creative Industries Economic Estimates but developed a broader definition of design in order to deliver a robust and comprehensive assessment of the full economic impact of design in terms of employment, GVA and exports, the impact of design micro-businesses, the shape and size of the design sector and the use and under-use of design throughout the economy.  The research drew extensively on secondary data sources identified during a scoping study previously undertaken by the team.
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