The August Summer holiday season is turning out to be a busy one for us. Our intention since April has been to build a portfolio of complimentary activities that demonstrate best practice in the provision of bespoke design support and by doing so give us the authority/insight to network with other design organisations and take a strategic perspective on the role design can play in economy development at a policy level.
Our work over the last couple of months on both of these levels is starting to come to fruition with the launch of a series of design workshops for business (delivered in partnership with the Wales Quality Centre) and support for another UK region in helping them to understand how their design support programmes might develop in the future.
The design support workshops make up a five day course intended to introduce a new product development capability to small and medium sized enterprises. The five day-long sessions will not transform delegates into designers but provide them with the capability and confidence to champion design within their company. Dates are yet to be agreed, but it looks as though the first workshops will be delivered at the end of September.