What is Design for Europe?

Design for Europe is a three-year programme to support design-driven innovation across Europe. It is co-funded by the European Union as part of the EU's Action Plan for Design-Driven Innovation.

Design for Europe is being delivered between January 2014 and December 2016 by a consortium of design organisations, universities and business support organisations from across the EU (see below).

Our ambition

Europe's economy needs innovation to grow. As a group, we know that design plays a significant role in achieving this. While some European countries and regions are world-leaders in this field, others are just beginning to embrace design as an economic driver.

By sharing knowledge, experience and skills Design for Europe aims to strengthen the European design community of practice, and ultimately equip businesses, public sector organisations and policymakers with the tools they need to innovate.

Our strategy

Website: this website presents a collection of case studies, expert thought leadership, guides and tools. As part of the programme, we will be developing a set of original resources to help people use design.

Engagement: this website offers the facility to comment on articles and discuss the ideas and advice presented in them.

Focus areas

Good design takes an holistic, multidisciplinary approach. We know that business faces many of the same innovation challenges as the public sector, and that innovation policy cuts across both areas. But, to help provide familiar entry points to the wider discussion, we have presented content on this platform in three 'sectors': business, public sector and policy.


Design for Europe is being delivered by a consortium from across the region. The UK's Design Council is leading the project.