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Design for innovation

Design for innovation

There is political agreement in Europe that to ensure competitiveness, prosperity and well-being, all forms of innovation need to be supported. The importance of design as a key discipline and activity to bring ideas to the market, has been recognised in the commitment 19 of the Innovation Union, a flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy.

The European Design Innovation Platform

The Commission is co-financing the implementation of the European Design Innovation Platform (EDIP) as an instrument to deliver its Action Plan for Design-Driven Innovation. The Platform aims to boost the adoption of design in innovation policies and support the creation of capacity and competencies to deliver these policies. Along with the activities targeted to policy makers, enterprises and the public sector, the project will provide a web-based platform to support peer-learning, networking and partnerships. Implementation of the EDI Platform started in January 2014 and will continue for three years. The EDIP project is implemented by a consortium of 14 organisations led by Design Council (UK).

Please find here the initial version of the European Design Innovation Platform.

Implementing an Action Plan for Design-Driven Innovation

On 23 September 2013, the Commission published a Staff Working Document "Implementing an Action Plan for Design-Driven Innovation pdf - 93 KB [93 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) ". Please find 22 EU language versions by clicking on the little box. Only the EN version referred under SWD(2013) 380 is the official version.

This document describes current and upcoming actions endorsed by the Commission and relating to promoting design-driven innovation in different policy fields. These actions form the Action Plan for Design-Driven Innovation aiming to accelerate the take-up of design in innovation policies at European, national and regional levels and to create the capacity and competencies needed to implement these policies.

The Action Plan is structured under three strategic areas for action:

  1. Promoting understanding of design’s impact on innovation;
  2. Promoting design-driven innovation in industries to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness;
  3. Promoting the adoption of design to drive renewal in the public sector.

The 14 action lines build on the recommendations of the European Design Leadership Board. Also, a consultation with a broad representation of stakeholders has been conducted as well as interactions with various Commission services.

The European Design Leadership Board

In line with the commitment taken in the Innovation Union, the Commission asked the European Design Leadership Board (EDLB), a group of 15 experts from industry, SMEs, national and regional innovation agencies and the academic world, to provide recommendations on how to enhance the role of design in innovation policy in Europe at the national, regional or local level and to develop a joint vision, priorities and actions, and thenceforth to intergrate design as a part of innovation policies in Europe. The European Design Leadership Board held seven meetings and a co-design policy workshop with over fifty key stakeholders from government, industry, academia, the design industries and the public sector.

The EDLB presented its recommendations to Vice-President Tajani in September 2012 at the European Design Innovation Summit in Helsinki. Taking a broadly-based view of design, the Leadership Board identified twenty-one policy recommendations, in six strategic areas for design action developed in the Report of the European Design Leadership Board pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] .

Projects supporting the take-up of Design in Innovation Policy

In 2011 the European Commission launched a call for proposals "the European Design Innovation Initiative" to exploit the full potential of design for innovation and to reinforce the link between design, innovation and competitiveness. See Projects and Meetings for further information on these projects.

Four case studies have been published by the Business Innovation Observatory.

See also the sections "Projects" and "Reports and Studies"

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