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Term Paper: Defining Design: The Debate

Term Paper: Defining Design: The Debate

The APDIG has published its newest term paper. In this paper we propose that design is suffering from a PR problem, which leaves it misunderstood and undervalued by government, underused by business, and misrepresented in the media.  

This is not a new problem – indeed designers have been complaining of such things for years. However it has been brought to the fore again recently by the work DCMS has undertaken to update their ‘creative industries’ taxonomy. What we hope to trigger with this paper is a conversation about how designers themselves can take charge of these representation problems by working towards a better articulation of what they do. We have five short essays from five brilliant thinkers on this topic.

Download the term paper here, or in the right hand column.

APDIG Term Papers offer a detailed analysis of important issues currently facing government and the design industry. Visit our Research & Resources page to view our other Term Papers and do get in touch to discuss this or any other of our papers and reports.