Better by design for relaunched South West forum

May 2, 2012

The South West Design Forum has re-launched itself as Design South West with a new identity, website and the mission of ‘Design, Better Connected’.

The organisation, which is run by the industry for the industry, continues in its role as the regional body bringing together seven locally-based design forums.

Chairman Tim Burley said: “We’ve changed our name because it wasn’t clear enough who we were or why we existed. Design South West is a way of connecting all the local groups together, sharing best practice and collaborating on projects that span the region.”

A community interest company (CIC), Design South West will promote and assist these local groups, initiate projects that benefit designers across the region and work with regional and national organisations to ensure the South West builds on its reputation as a great place for design and creativity to flourish in.

Design South West brings together some of the most passionate supporters of design from the networks of the Wiltshire Design Network, West of England Design Forum, Gloucestershire Design Network, Somerset Design Enterprise Network, Cornwall Design Forum, Designed in Devon and Dorset-based MeetDraw.

The new website – – will be used to:

• Showcase leading designers and agencies in the region.

• Profile success stories that demonstrate the power of design.

• Promote great events and initiatives within and outside the region.

• Discuss issues, opportunities and developments that affect designers.

• Inspire and challenge the design sector.


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