Design Value Framework

As part of our Design Economy research, we have developed a framework for designers and commissioners to identify and assess the wider social, environmental and democratic impacts of their work.

The framework builds on design sector specific tools, and provides, for the first time, a single framework for the whole of the design economy to use together, and across a holistic set of values. It will also be used in our forthcoming research to assess the value of the Design Economy.

By measuring and making these values visible, we hope to highlight the positive role design can play in urgent issues like the climate crisis, social justice and promoting diversity and prompt an industry shift to Design for Planet.

The framework has been developed with BOP Consulting & the Social Design Institute (SDI) at University of Arts London (UAL) over 2021 and the beginning of 2022 through a deliberative research process. It is published as a working proto-type and is intended to grow, evolve and be adapted for different contexts.

Download the report here.

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