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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

Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Business-led R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Opens: 18/05/2021 Closes: 08/09/2021

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Future RAN: Diversifying the 5G Supply Chain

Future RAN (Radio Access Network – i.e. mobile phone masts or similar) is an open competition, run by DCMS, that will allocate up to £30 million of R&D funding to projects that support the goals of the government’s 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy. The competition is aimed at helping to incentivise industry to create new products and services to unlock the full potential of Open RAN.

Opens: 02/07/2021 Closes: 27/08/2021

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KTN-iX challenge: Solutions for Smarter & Greener Places

Through this iX challenge, EQUANS, part of the ENGIE Group, is looking for SME’s with innovative solutions that create smarter and greener places who are interested in corporate strategic investment, with innovations across energy, mobility and infrastructure that enable smarter and greener places. Alongside technical innovations, EQUANS is interested in educational tools that help to promote behavioural change in communities, supporting democratisation in achieving decarbonisation.

Opens: 06/07/2021 Closes: 30/09/2021

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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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Thu
15
Oct
2020

#IdeasMeanBusiness: The design to manufacture journey

14.00 - 15.00 | Online

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Wed
21
Apr
2021

Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey: April Adventure Stories

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

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News

22.03.2021

Making Manufacturing Smarter

KTN’s Made Smarter Innovation Network ran a series of events from 14 April to 29 June which focused on helping manufacturers and digital technology companies to Make Manufacturing Smarter.

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14.04.2021

Launching soon - £2.5m Creative Industries Fund

Innovate UK is launching a new funding competition called ‘Creative Industries Fund’.

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