A cross-party group of leading parliamentarians is calling on the next government to put design at the heart of the UK’s political, economic and education systems to ensure “the opportunities of the future are fully realised”.
The call comes in new publication Thinking, Making, Testing: A Manifesto for design, which is being released by the All-Party Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group. It has been written by architect Lord Richard Rogers, Baroness Whitaker and MPs Carline Dinage and Barry Sheerman.
The report – released in advance of the 7 May General Election – makes the case for bringing design thinking into key main policy areas: industrial strategy, public services and government infrastructure, housing and the built environment and education.
Among the recommendations made are that the government should appoint a chief advisor for design and innovation; that “design thinking” should become an integral part of design teaching in the education system; and that design should be given the same consideration as sustainability – no longer a “nice to have” but instead a central pillar of government policy.
Other recommendations include that civil servants should be trained in basic service design methods and that there should be an improved understanding of design and innovation spend in the public sector.