Britain Can Make it was organised by the Council of Industrial Design, the forerunner to the Design Council, in 1946.
Held at the Victoria & Albert Museum it featured examples of product and industrial design and aimed to showcase consumer goods that would boost the UK’s post-war economy.
NB Studio director Alan Dye says, ‘We had been thinking about Abram Games’s Festival of Britain emblem and eventually stumbled across the Britain Can Make It image.
‘This image had a real sense of celebration and was representing an event with a very similar manifesto to the 2012 summit.’
Dye adds, ‘At the same time we were also exploring the DNA double helix structure that came out of some early discussions – design is in the DNA of Great Britain. The helices we were drawing were starting to look a bit like the Britain Can Make It flags waving in the wind.’
The Design Council Summit will be held on 26 June, and will featuring leading figures from design, business and Government, including Business Secretary Vince Cable and designer Sebastian Conran.
The summit will examine the role of designing in rebalancing the economy and will ask ‘How can design turn national characteristics into economic growth.’
For more information on the summit visit: www.designcouncil.org.uk.