Strategic Design

objectified

Objectify Your World

Objectified (2009) is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. Director Gary Hustwit, who also made Helvetica (2007), looks at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets, profiling the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity,… Read more →

Designing the Digital Economy

Designing the UK’s Digital Economy

A new independent report published by the Design Commission warns that the UK’s digital economy will not fulfil its social or economic potential without a concerted focus on design. Amongst 17 recommendations, the report calls upon government to nurture the design and digital technology sectors on a local level, stressing the importance of growing these sectors outside of London. The… Read more →

Spatial Planning

Planning for Places: Delivering Good Design with Core Strategies

This report explains why spatial planning helps deliver design quality through an efficient planning system and why a good spatial plan is essential to achieving high-quality places and good design. ‘In the built environment, design is the key decision-making process. At the strategic level, it creates the vision for places. At a more detailed level, it describes how we want them to work,… Read more →