UK digital economy needs people power to flourish

Posted on 15 May 2014 by Tim Brown
Speakers at the launch of the Designing the Digital Economy Report - Nick Appleyard of UKTI, Lord Inglewood, Baroness Whitaker, Daniel Charny of the From Now On Projects, and Professor Gillian Youngs of the University of Brighton.
Speakers at the launch of the Designing the Digital Economy Report - Nick Appleyard of UKTI, Lord Inglewood, Baroness Whitaker, Daniel Charny of the From Now On Projects, and Professor Gillian Youngs of the University of Brighton.

The Design Commission's newest report warns the UK digital economy will not reach its full economic and social potential without the strategic application of design to ensure people, and not technologies, are at the centre of the ‘digital revolution’.

The report is the result of an eight-month inquiry chaired by Lord Inglewood of Hutton in the Forest and co-chaired by Gillian Youngs, Professor of Digital Economy at Brighton University, and makes 17 recommendations to spark policy and culture change across government and the design and technology sector.

The report was launched formally in Parliament at a breakfast reception in the House of Lords yesterday, Wednesday 14 May.

The inquiry and report have been kindly supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Sir Terence Conran.

The full report, Designing the Digital Economy, is available for download here.

The Design Commission is a high level, cross-party group of parliamentarians and leading representatives from business, industry and the public sector, that explores through research how design can drive economic and social improvement and how government and business can better understand the importance of design. The Commission acts as the research arm of, and the sister group to, the All-Party Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group.