Professor Gillian Youngs contributes to new Design Commission Report
15 May 2014
Gillian Youngs, Professor of Digital Economy in the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts, was at the House of Lords yesterday (May 14) for the formal launch of The Design Commission’s report, Designing the Digital Economy – Embedding Growth through Design, Innovation and Technology, which she co-chaired with Lord Inglewood.
The report, the result of an eight-month inquiry, warns that the UK digital economy will not reach its full economic and social potential without the strategic application of design to ensure people, and not technologies, are at the centre of the ‘digital revolution’. The report makes 17 recommendations to spark policy and culture change across government, research, and the design and technology sector.
Dr Nick Appleyard, Head of Digital, Technology Strategy Board, gave the keynote talk emphasising the importance of the report’s focus on people-centered design. He referred to the Brighton Fuse project drawn on in the report as a case study highlighting the success story in fusing arts and design with digital innovation to boost new growth in the digital economy.
The Design Commission is a research group that contributes to the work of the All Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group. View the full report .
You may also be interested in the Brighton Fuse FuseBox Knowledge Exchange project 2014-15. A project focused on the development of and research on a new start-up support programme for innovators at Wired Sussex.