What does joy look like? Designer Ingrid Fetell Lee exposes the power of ordinary things to create extraordinary happiness, and shows us how to find joy in the world around us.
Videos & Audio
To celebrate the launch of the 2018/19 Student Design Awards, Cat Drew, director at Uscreates, calls on service designers to question systemic issues of power and culture.
In his latest interview, Mike talks to the pioneering modernist graphic designer, Derek Birdsall RDI about his life and long career. Along with the late Alan Fletcher RDI, Derek Birdsall RDI was one of the pioneers of moderni ...
Internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur Hilary Cottam shows how we can remake the relationships between us, and revolutionise the welfare state.
The report explores the role of design in unlocking the creative potential 21st century industry.
Design thinking has delivered an impressive creative boon. But to tackle our most complex social challenges design methods must be augmented with systems thinking.
What lessons can be learned from the work of The Great Recovery? From the spark of an idea to the growth of a network and beyond, we share some of our reflections and insights from the last four years.
Taking our unique design-focused approach to the circular economy, The RSA Great Recovery partnered with recycling and waste company SUEZ to ask the question: ‘How can we design better systems that will increase rates of ...
Articles & Blogs
19th October 2018
From the basement of the V&A to a major international visitor attraction. Graham Henderson FRSA examines how the Design Museum has transformed itself.
10th October 2018
Kinneir Dufort’s Head of Design & Innovation Russell Beard on the 6 things you need for a great design solution.
25th June 2018
How has the word regeneration come to be so hated? The word ‘regeneration’ is now reviled, as Jonathan Schifferes’ blog states, but not all ‘re’ words have such a bad atmosphere: renew, recover, repair, even re-upholster ...
6th June 2018
One of the judges’ from this year’s Student Design Awards Competition reflects on the quality of entries and winning projects
The number of people working for themselves has reached a record high. Yet there is still much that we do not know about them. Our aim is to plug this gap in thinking and explore the reasons why greater numbers are turning ...
The RDI award that began as a means by which to enhance the status of designers today remains the highest accolade for designers in the UK and is conferred to those who have shown sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic ...
Since 1754 the RSA has run open prize challenges called 'Premiums' to tackle social and economic problems. The topics vary but the underlying insight remains the same: by harnessing the creative power of many diverse minds, ...
The Pupil Design Awards challenge pupils aged 12- 18 to think differently about design, through tackling briefs focused on real-world social, environmental and economic problems, and come up with innovative ideas to overcome ...
Tuesday 4th December 2018
Great Room, RSA House
Visionary designer Deanna Van Buren shows how innovative design approaches and systems thinking are helping to transform criminal justice.
Thursday 29th November 2018
Great Roon Auditorium, RSA House
Morag Myerscough RDI uses design to transform spaces into places, creating specific local responses to create community and build identity.
- Fellow Event
Wednesday 28th November 2018
Dr Cross Room, Rawthmells
Join the network at a workshop to explore case studies of Circular Economy initiatives in emerging economies and in more developed countries.
- Fellow Event
Wednesday 14th November 2018
Online / Zoom
The circular economy is seen as one route to sustainable development and the improvement of livelihoods in the Global South. In this interactive online event, we'll explore what lessons we can learn from circular activities ...