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Newsletter Issue 32

    April 2010

APDIG News and Events

Design and the Public Good: Creativity vs. the Procurement Process


    In association with the Design Business Association ndOn 2 March the APDIG launched its long-awaited report on public sector procurement of design and creative services. We‟d be delighted to hear any feedback or thoughts you may have about the project and our recommendations. Please feel free to get in touch with the group on the contact details below.

    ; Download the report

    ; Presentation to the Whitehall Creatives‟ Network

    ; What next?

Design for our Built Environment: Innovation in Construction

    Parliamentary Inquiry

    In association with Buro Happold

    The APDIG will be building on a very successful dinner and policy discussion in March with a new research project, looking at putting good design and innovative practice at the heart of the construction industry.

    ; Read a summary of the event and discussion

APDIG at the Big Rethink (courtesy of Core 77!)

    Redesigning Business: an Economist Conference in association with the Design Council

    ; Content from the conference

    ; Reviews, speaker by speaker

    ; Post-conference thoughts

    APDIG Officer Claire Curtis-Thomas judges green product design competition for Axion The winner of the Axion Polymers Green Product Design Competition is Gary Poolman with his design „Wazzon‟. This innovative gadget enables swift and efficient drying of sandwich bags, allowing them to be washed and re-used. The Wazzon can also be used to dry other types of bags and items such as rubber gloves‟. More here.


Manufacturing for a Balanced Economy, Parliamentary Seminar

    In association with the ERA Foundation

Sustainable Transport Technologies, Parliamentary Conference

    In association with Frost & Sullivan

News from the last 30 days…


    A big week for the Design Council, who launched Patient Dignity prototypes, the latest design industry research and a lovely new website at the end of March

    ; Unveiling of the new Designs for Patient Dignity

    ; Launch of Design Industry research findings

    Contemporary public sector needs are riddled with complexity, and institutions are increasingly looking to designers to implement ingenious, problem-solving methods in rethinking service provision - A very

    comprehensive service design supplement in the Guardian

The Queen‟s fashion sense: “She is an example of knowing what works for you and committing to it.” Pictures

    of the reception for the British Clothing Industry, attended by APDIG Officer Barry Sheerman MP, at Buckhingham Palace here, comment (including reported use of the word „glitzy‟ by Prince Philip) here and why

    the fashion sector is looking healthy here

    Clerkenwell Design Week is a three-day annual festival celebrating design‟s creative richness, its social impact and its power for change. News about Clerkenwell Design Week, 25-27 May, here

    The question facing last week's DottCornwall seminar on 'emerging design practice' was a tough one: where can designers make the best difference? More here

Skillset to join forces with fashion and textiles to create one of the biggest Sector Skills Councils in the UK here

    and launches new Advanced Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media here

BDI and UCA: Turning Propositions into Profit through Collaboration, not Competition, University Design

    Industry Partnership Scheme. Conference Summary here

COI introduces new flexible procurement process here which it claims will address design concerns here

The original and best: the Milan design fair 2010, Salone Internationale del Mobile, next week 14 - 19 April

    The design industry is broadly welcoming the help for small businesses unveiled in the Budget yesterday, says Design Week

A folding plug from an RCA graduate wins the Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award

Results from Defra‟s sustainable clothing roadmap conference here

Results of Design Week Awards 2010 are online here

New leadership at Creative and Cultural Skills here

Anti Copying in Design announces exhibition steering group here

    “The best design work is accountable, delivering both creatively and commercially. That's the very essence of effective design.” DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2010 - Entry now open, more here


Why the iPad matters here, vs a slightly more cynical take on the Jobs empire here

Learning from the Extremes Cisco report on rethinking education here

    How might we re-imagine the structure and experience of higher education using service design techniques? More here

Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) has launched a new website, the Social Innovator

Summary of the first year of the Innovators Council here

Register now for the SciTech 2010 innovation conference on 20 April

    Arts institutions suffer in university budget cuts here

NESTA responses to Budget 2010:

    ; Tax relief for the UK videogames industry

    ; Growth capital fund and green investment bank can rebalance the economy

    The Strategy for National Infrastructure includes a plan for a Green Investment Bank to cover the anticipated short fall in the provision of equity capital for low-carbon infrastructure projects.

    The Current and Future Role of Technology and Innovation Centres in the UK, A Report by Dr. Hermann

    Hauser here. Building on government innovation policy it recommends the creation of a network of business-focused TICs to bridge the strategic gap in commercialising UK research. Going forward, Government and the TSB will work with stakeholders to develop a national strategy.

Work Foundation pre-election statement, „Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship in 2020‟ calls for

    government to build an eco-innovation system in Britain. The report is part of their ongoing Knowledge

    Economy programme

Architecture and the Built Environment

CABE launches a CABE Space research project to fill the serious „green information gap‟ here

    French architect Jean Nouvel to design the 2010 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, pictures of the proposed design here

    Glasgow City Council unveils plans to secure the future of Charles Rennie Mackintosh‟s Lighthouse building as Scotland‟s National Centre for Architecture and Design here

Artist Anish Kapoor‟s design chosen for Olympic monument

    The construction industry would benefit most from a Labour win at the forthcoming general election but the majority of architects will vote Conservative, according to a new survey of architects in the AJ

Enter the 2010 Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award register before 15th April 2010

Heatherwick's Shanghai Expo pavilion completes, Expo runs May 1 to Oct 31, 2010. Apparently they‟re

    expecting 70 million visitors. More here

Housing: the big questions, a letter from Paul Finch here