Design Wales calls for cross-party group to promote design

Design Wales will launch its manifesto next week as part of the Cardiff Design Festival, calling for National Assembly for Wales members to establish a cross-party group to champion design and innovation.

The Design for Innovation in Wales: Industry, Service and Society manifesto, which will launch on 14 October, aims to secure design’s place on the Welsh political agenda before the National Assembly for Wales elections in May 2011.

Design Wales is calling for a group to be formed that will develop a vision for design in Wales, drive design into public procurements, secure its inclusion in future innovation policies and co-ordinate an annual design summit. Long-term goals include developing an export programme to sell Welsh design in Wales and abroad, and addressing the skills gaps in the sector.

The Design for Innovation in Wales manifesto is an output of See, a network of 11 European partners campaigning to integrate design into innovation policy, and was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg IVC programme.

Design Wales operations director Gavin Cawood says, ‘This new development is a major step in placing design on the political agenda and sets the foundation for design to find a key role in improving public services and supporting design beyond the constraints of traditional R&D.’

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