A future role for the Design Council? To champion risk…

With the future of the Design Council now under review, you recently posed the question, ’What do you think its role should be?’ (Voxpop, DW 29 July).

The Design Council, which was then known as the Council of Industrial Design, started life under wartime siege conditions in 1944.

It created great ideas – the Britain Can Make It exhibition, the 1951 Festival of Britain – but it frightened bureaucrats.

Industry is still, after years of hard work by the Design Council, notoriously averse to risk.

There’s never been a better time to promote entrepreneurship, with the Government talking about graduates setting themselves up in business.

I would suggest that the Design Council is the ideal organisation to help champion risk – that is its future role.

Brian Webb, Founder, Webb & Webb Design, by e-mail

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