Welcome note

Welcome to our blog, covering the Design Council / HEFCE fact finding visit to Europe.
As part of the process to develop and implement recommendations from the
'Cox Review of Creativity in Business', and following a successful mission to the US in 2006, a group of academics and policy makers are visiting universities and design firms the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland. We were looking at multidisciplinary centres and courses that combine management, technology and design in order to develop creative and innovative graduates and businesses. Insights and information from the visit will inform proposals that UK universities and regional bodies are developing in response to the Cox review.

Monday, 17 September 2007

Robin Baker

So far the visits have confirmed, that while there are individual institutions are beginning to look at multidisciplinary ways of working that combine management technology and design their does not appear to be a firm strategy for such engagement. The model appears to be the traditional focus of design education which results in the priorities of visual expression and material experimentation confirmed in the production of objects as the major outcome.

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