These words appear on the front page of the new ‘Manifesto for Design‘ produced by the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group (APDIG) and tie in very much with our approach in the Centre for Information Design Research.
We were involved in the drafting of the report and were pleased to draw attention to the fact that design is about planning, organizing and problem-solving, as well as highlighting one of Typography’s REF case studies, ‘Enriching communities of literacy’, in a section about higher education as an example of the value that design can add to policy engagement and making a real difference to people’s lives.
We particularly appreciate the emphasis the manifesto places on education:
Design thinking is a tool that can make a major contribution across educational projects drawing on a variety of disciplines. Greater opportunities should be created for designers and the design industry to collaborate with schools colleges and universities to embed designing thinking and design practices and help address the challenges of equipping students with the skills they will need for their working life.