The latest design economy report from the Design Council has been published, and it’s fair to say it makes some pretty positive reading.

Recently the Design Council released a 2015 report on the value of design to the UK economy. It has been reviewed as the most comprehensive and thorough reports on how we all as designers (in a traditional or non traditional sense) contribute to the UK. Finally, when our parents ask the inevitable questions over Christmas dinner regarding what we actually do, with the perfect amount of sharpness that keeps it from turning into an all out war we can finally have metrics to defend ourselves.

Not only does the Design industry provide over £70 billion to the economy, but it ranks as the 9th biggest employer and has ties to nearly every sector, from healthcare to those independent coffee shops we’re too scared to order a filter coffee from.

Below is an infographic outlining what regions across the UK contributed in 2013:


For further reading check out the full report here.