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The Institute of Designers in Ireland have developed the following guides to help you grow your business and apply design thinking in your organisation.

The IDI  are proud to partner with Design Council UK to present these cross-sector studies on design impact. We have added resources examining an Irish industry angle to the spread of resources from The Design Council UK and its former CABE partnership. These are a valuable resource for those looking to involve design in their workplaces, public planning, built environments, workplaces or facilities.

We are actively looking to acquire new and even more varied resources on a range of subjects, so please let us know if there is a topic that you would like to see represented.

How Design Benefits Business

Design works. It’s that simple. In the world of visual information, structural form, fashion and graphics and general good design can spark inspiration and stir thought. Read more →

Finding, Briefing and Choosing a Designer

Selecting the appropriate creative practitioner for your design project is often difficult, especially for a small business. Read more →

Design Driven Innovation: Why it Matters for SME Competitiveness

Design Driven Innovation: Why it Matters for SME Competitiveness

How does design-driven innovation add value for SMEs? How can the design process be used as a tool for innovation? How well is design-driven innovation embraced? How can Ireland develop its SME's design-driven innovation capability?
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Design Buyers' Guide

Design Buyers' Guide

Using design to add value to your business.
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Design Delivers for Business

Design Delivers for Business

Design Delivers for Business is a summary of evidence from our Design Leadership Programme for businesses.
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The Value of Design - Factfinder

The Value of Design - Factfinder

Design can directly and significantly improve sales, profits, turnover and growth.
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Leading Business by Design

Leading Business by Design

Leading Business by Design is our qualitative research project that investigates the strategic use of design at senior levels in a sample of UK and global businesses.
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The Impact of Office Design on Business Performance

The Impact of Office Design on Business Performance

This report examines the ways in which office accommodation can boost economic and social value for businesses.
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Active by Design: Designing places for healthier lives

Active by Design: Designing places for healthier lives

This guide, part of our Active by Design programme, makes a powerful case for taking action to tackle 21st-century health problems through the places we build.
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Buildings for Life 12

Buildings for Life 12

Building for Life 12 (BfL 12) is the current industry standard for the design of new housing developments.
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Designing Neighbourhood Planning

Designing Neighbourhood Planning

All over the country, community groups are shaping the future of their neighbourhoods. See how.
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A Design Wayfinder

A Design Wayfinder

In future planning authorities, applicants, their advisers and communities will be expected to take responsibility for securing good design and for taking opportunities - such as design of wayfinding and signage - to improve an area.
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Managing Green Spaces: Seven ingredients for success

Managing Green Spaces: Seven ingredients for success

England’s parks and green spaces are being managed in a context which is changing fast and fundamentally. Councils are being given greater autonomy to determine the services they provide to their communities, but this autonomy comes with significantly reduced resources. 
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Community-led Public Spaces

Community-led Public Spaces

People want a greater say in how their local parks and public spaces are managed. As budgets tighten, local authorities can maximise the help that communities offer.
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Good Design: The fundamentals

Good Design: The fundamentals

We all use the 'built environment' – buildings, streets, parks and public spaces – every day.
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Planning for Places: Delivering good design through core strategies

Planning for Places: Delivering good design through core strategies

An efficient planning system and a good spatial plan are essential to achieving high-quality places and good design.
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Improving Ordinary Places

Improving Ordinary Places

How can people directly influence the quality of their places they live in? Why aren’t all architects trained in public engagement so that they can respond directly to local needs?
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Building Better Homes for our Old Age

Building Better Homes for our Old Age

People who need care support generally want to stay in their own home - a view that carers and commissioners have come to accept.
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Evaluating Housing Proposals Step by Step

Evaluating Housing Proposals Step by Step

Building for Life is the national standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods. This guide aims to help housing designers and developers achieve the Building for Life standard in their projects.
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How Community Groups Can Improve Public Space

How Community Groups Can Improve Public Space

This guide from the CABE team at the Design Council UK is for anyone getting involved in a public space project for the first time. 
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Creating an Open Space Strategy: A guide to best practice

Creating an Open Space Strategy: A guide to best practice

Drawing on CABE at Design Council UK's five-year history of support across England to those producing open space strategies, this guide clarifies the value and benefits of a strategic approach to open spaces.
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Sustainable Design, Climate Change and the Built Environment

Sustainable Design, Climate Change and the Built Environment

Tackling climate change involves creating sustainable places. The construction and use of the built environment currently accounts for around half of national carbon emissions. But there are planning, design and management solutions to climate change, if we use design as a problem-solving process.
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Helping Local People Choose Good Design

Helping Local People Choose Good Design

This report marks the end of the first year of an affiliation between CABE and the eight leading design review panels in England.
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