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British design: who rates it?


DesignGuildMark_2018 - October 7, 2019 - 0 comments

How does British design compare to other countries? What could be done to bring about a new golden age of British design? What lessons could be learned from the fashion industry?

These were just some of the questions asked and answered during a packed-out seminar, organised with the Design Guild Mark, at 100% Design on 18 September at Olympia London.

The design economy as a whole contributes £85.2bn in gross value added (GVA) to the UK– the equivalent to 7% of UK GVA and equivalent to the size of the distribution, transport, accommodation and food sectors.

However, finances aside, who rates British design? What is its perception? This is what we felt needed exploring.

British design: who rates it?

In doing so, we called upon Jonathan Hindle, founder of the Design Guild Mark and group managing director EMEA of KI Europe, to chair a panel of prominent members of the UK design community to tackle the subject ‘British design: who rates it?’.

The panel was made up of Helen Berresford, head of ID:SR; Mark Gabbertas, founder of Gabbertas Studio; and Tom Lloyd, co-founder and director of PearsonLloyd.

There was standing room only as visitors to the Talks area of the exhibition absorbed the insight of the panellists.

If you were unable to attend, you missed a great session, but don’t worry, we filmed the discussion for you to watch at your leisure.

If you have any thoughts about the topics raised, let us know over social media.

Finally, we are now accepting applications for the 2020 awards, which includes a new Lighting Design category. Make sure you don’t miss the early bird deadline on 28 November 2019.

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