Video: Michelin’s Futuristic Airless Tire

Michelin’s Futuristic Airless Tire Is this the tyre (tire) of the future? Airless and 3D printed straight onto the car. The porous interior architecture provides stability with on-demand tread being easily changed with each printing to accommodate different mobility needs; wireless connected and self-monitoring. Science fiction or the tyre of the future? Read the full article here. 4c Design... Read more »

The European Innovation Scorecard 2017

Two main conclusions emerge from the 2017 European Innovation Scorecard published last week by the European Commission. First, the EU’s overall record on innovation is improving, albeit slowly, but huge differences remain between the best and worst performing member states and regions. Second, in global terms, the EU could catch up with the US over... Read more »

Video: Design for UK Manufacturing Growth

Manufacturing In a previous blog post, Realising Potential, we showed a Design Council video highlighting the importance of innovation and design to UK economic growth. A second video explores why innovation and design are fundamentally important for the stability and growth of our manufacturing base. The international competitiveness of UK manufacturing depends on innovation and design.... Read more »

Visit the Museum of Product Design Failure (Video)

Museum of Failures Can we learn from product design failure as well as success? The Museum of Failures in Helsingborg certainly thinks so. In the video below, Dr. Samuel West, Director of the Museum, talks about the exhibition of product design fails. The point is not to pillory, but to learn. Read the full article here. 4c Design... Read more »

Should Design Be Front and Centre of Jobs, Skills and Services in the UK?

Design Council Sarah Weir, Design Council Chief Executive, has called for design to be placed at the centre of rebuilding the post-election UK economy. An economy strong enough to tackle wide ranging social problems relating to health, social care and housing while raising living standards for all In a hard hitting message, she argues that a new,... Read more »