Design Council

   An at times bland, traditionalist, and insipid organization established by the Board of Trade in 1944, the Design Council prior to 1972 was known as the Council of Industrial Design. The initial idea behind its inception was to encourage those working in industry and business to employ designers and so to raise the level of both visual marketing and corporate images alongside an increased public awareness of and appetite for sophisticated designs. The council has approved goods, handed out awards and publicized (via leaflets, conferences and exhibitions) both itself and its favoured companies. It started publication of its magazine Design in 1949 and built a permanent design space called the Design Centre in London’s Haymarket in 1956. Directors of the Council have included Gordon Russell, Paul Reilly, Keith Grant and Ivor Owen.
   See also: Arts Council; Crafts Council

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