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Craft Council

Studying Craft: Trends in Craft Education and Training

This report examines contemporary craft education in England, looking in depth to all stages of formal education and training from Key Stage 4 to postgraduate study. It found an overall decline in participation of craft education excluding higher education, where participation rose but course provision fell.

The report found that to ensure young people’s progression in the industry, there must be reliable and consistent pathways between the different education stages and for makers to take full advantage of education opportunities the appropriate qualifications must be accessible.

They review a key element of the government’s qualification reforms, to boost employer engagement in qualification development and the delivery of education and training and find that the capacity for many in the industry to engage would be limited. This is due to the sector being dominated by microbusinesses that tend to have limited access to knowledge and understanding of the complicated education infrastructure as well as the fact that large employers are more likely to be accessible to education providers.

Tags: craft, education, training, industry engagement, microbusinesses

Making It Local: what does this mean in the context of contemporary craft?

This report finds that the notion of ‘place’ and ‘local’ in the context of contemporary craft-making are becoming ever more significant. This is due to a variety of influences.

Within the ‘local’ context, this includes personalisation, authenticity, provenance and a desire for direct contact with makers, a shift towards the experience economy and the learning of craft skills, ethical consumption and support for local trading.

Within the context of ‘place’ it is caused by the availability of new and affordable digital technologies, as well as diversification into other sectors and markets and innovative collaborations with professionals in a range of contexts,

Tags: ‘place’, ‘local’, craft skills, local trading, diversification

Measuring the Craft Economy

This report provides an overview of the economic impact of craft within the UK between 2012/2013. It observed a strong reliance on small independent makers, which account for over 50% of businesses involved in craft industries. Craft businesses account for 0.2% of the UK business population and generate nearly £3.4bn for the UK economy.

Tags: independent makers, craft industry.


Design Council

Design Delivers for Business

This report summarises the evidence found from the Design Councils Design Leadership Programme for businesses, which helps businesses to identify their biggest strategic challenges and create new opportunities to overcome them by using design effectively.

It includes many statistics on how the programme can help boost business results and how design increases business confidence.

Tags: design leadership programme, business development.

Design for Public Good

This report reveals the Design Council’s research and analysis on design-led innovation in the public sector, highlighting the best practice and how design-led innovation can be used in the public sector across the EU.

The report made four key recommendations:  use the diagnostic tool ‘public sector design ladder’ for progression, build design thinking into government and public policy practice, build a strong design sector that can offer strategic and service design to the public sector and build the evidence base and impact measurements for design innovation in the public sector

Tags: innovation, public sector, public policy, design innovation

Measuring the Value and Role of Design

This report provides an overview of service design, both in practice and in academia, with a view to finding future areas for research funding and to examine how research and industry can come together to contribute their ideas.The report includes survey findings on the design profession, their research findings and service design case studies

Tags: service design, funding, design profession.



Design Policy Monitor 2015: Reviewing Innovation and Design Policies across Europe

The SEE Design Policy Monitor 2015, draws on the experiences of SEE (Sharing Experience Europe) to examine future trends in design policies and programmes. It also contrasts the UK's annual spending on design with a number of European Countries, finding that although the UK lags behind competitors on R&D spending, it appears to be a frontrunner with regards to design spending as a percentage of GDP.

Mapping Design for Innovation in Scotland and Wales

PDR has teamed up with the Welsh Government, Scottish Enterprise, Dundee University, Lancaster University and RoseInnes Design to explore the Design Innovation Ecosystems in Wales and Scotland. Through four Design Policy Workshops and surveys of designers and SMEs, this research has mapped the Design Innovation Ecosystems in Wales and Scotland, analysed their strengths and weaknesses and co-developed a set of policy proposals for enhancing the performance of each system.