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Human-centred design is for businesses of any size who are interested in early-stage innovation strategy. For start-ups, strategic design helps get brilliant ideas to the right market. For established businesses, it helps reposition or expand their offering.

People make logical decisions in the pursuit of science, technology and commerce. People are also emotional beings, and those emotions can drive us far harder than reason. When business success is dependent on human behaviour to do the right thing, your business should seek support from human-centred designers. 

By focusing on what people need, how people behave, what they aspire to, businesses can use these key insights to achieve greater success in the market.

The Design in Innovation team at KTN can help you whether you are:  

  • a designer looking for opportunities to engage with businesses on activities needing human-centred design support 
  • a business wanting to understand how to deploy human-centred design in your business
  • a business wondering whether human-centred design might be a valuable capability to add into your R&D portfolio

Specifically you might want to:

  • look for funding and opportunities to apply design in different sectors and industries 
  • find a designer with the right expertise to collaborate with and help your business develop
  • get some quick insights about how companies are best utilising human centred design in their R&D 

You can also keep up to date with news, funding and events across the Design sector by connecting with the KTN Design Foundations group on LinkedIn.

Our current focus in this area

Innovation Canvas

KTN’s Innovation Canvas is designed to help you create value from innovation and identify the changes needed to make your idea succeed. It provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a specific project, identifying the most urgent challenges to overcome, and prioritising what action to take.

Funding Opportunities

KTN Innovation Exchange challenge - technologies to be adapted in public spaces in a post-Covid world

KTN is working with the Department for International Trade to help the Indian government open up the Indian markets to the capability of using technology for safer public space operation.

Opens: 18/12/2020 Closes: 12/02/2021

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KTN Innovation Exchange challenge - technologies to improve waste management practices

KTN is working with the Department for International Trade and Indian authorities who are looking for solutions that move from reliance on open waste dumps to waste management systems that retain resources within the economy.

Opens: 01/01/2021 Closes: 12/02/2021

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KTN Innovation Exchange challenge - solutions to monitor and tackle urban air pollution within Indian urban environments

KTN is working with the Department for International Trade to help the Indian authorities find an innovative solution to the threat to public health due to poor air quality and airborne pollution.

 

Opens: 18/12/2020 Closes: 12/02/2021

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Events

Wed
3
Jun
2020

Navigating the design to manufacture journey: Investment and Funding

12.00 - 13.00 | Online

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Wed
27
May
2020

Navigating the design to manufacture journey: Intellectual Property

12.00 - 13.00 | Online

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Thu
15
Oct
2020

#IdeasMeanBusiness: The design to manufacture journey

14.00 - 15.00 | Online

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News

13.01.2021

Collaborating and building community to support innovators who are Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey

Innovators always need help on their journey to overcome key challenges and barriers. Our recently launched Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey: A Guidebook can help circumnavigate some of those barriers.

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03.08.2020

Navigating the design to manufacture journey: Design Processes and Principles

The skill and craft of design comes in de-risking ideas in order to make them a reality. In this blog the KTN team focus on ways and means to do this.

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