Bristol and Bath hold magnetic attraction for the UK design industry

Issue date: 20 October 2016

Bristol and Bath by Design report launch at Everyman Cinema, Whiteladies Road, Bristol

Tuesday 1 November 2016 at 17:00

The Bristol and Bath region has officially become the national 'go to' hub in the UK for designers from multiple disciplines, a new report launched today reveals.

The Bristol and Bath by Design (BBxD) project, led by a research team at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in collaboration with the University of Bristol and Bath Spa University, was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Design Council.

BBxD have been working together over the last two years tocollect data on design companies in the Bristol and Bath region to gain a better understanding of the economic and cultural value of the design-led sector. BBxD have found that Design is integral to a diversity of commercial activity in the region in its role as a process for creativity, innovation and problem solving, as a means of communication, and in the value it adds to the experience of the consumer.

An event to promote the report is being held at the newly restored Everyman Cinema in Clifton, Bristol at 17:00 on Tuesday 1 November. As part of this event, BBxD will showcase the BBxD app which includes an essential design directory that has mapped over 3,300 companies in the region, spanning a range of design functions from engineering to graphic design.

Bristol games designers, Arcfire, have worked with BBxD to create the app to map and visualise the extent of design in the region. The app shows the location of freelancers and companies in all areas of design including engineers, filmmakers, graphic designers, architects, website developers, technology firms and more.

The launch event will enable people from the design community to hear about the new report, as well as trying out the app and being amongst the first to see a premier of the film that showcases the findings of the research project.

The report found that across all design sectors, designers cited the regional network of flexible, highly-skilled companies and individuals that can be relied upon to deliver a project, as well as a strong community of people that are open to ideas and ventures, as key reasons for success and for remaining in the region.

Professor Carinna Parraman says, "Good design makes an important contribution to lifestyle as demonstrated by positive regional exemplars Cameron balloons, Wallace and Gromit, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and the Georgian architecture of Bath."

A final report launch will be held in London at the Swan at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Thursday 3 November to present the projects findings to policy makers and advisors.

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