We use design to help
you tackle global challenges

We set up Design Science in 2011 to help research-led organisations tackle global challenges by applying our expertise to
deliver real value to society.

We actively encourage collaboration, inclusion and co-design, and seek to work with people and organisations who share our values and aspirations for social justice and environmental responsibility. 

We believe that technology is only valuable if it helps us to engage with each other and our wider environment with respect, care and understanding.
Our work encompasses and integrates a range of design services including strategy and service design, digital and web design, as well as support for online communications, exhibitions and interiors.

As digital tools become more powerful and dominant we have built up our network to support a richer understanding of data while maintaining clarity and simplicity in our work. 
We value listening, collaboration, creativity, attention to detail and the search for knowledge and understanding in our work and society.

We see design as a tool for research, not just a tool to communicate research, and actively promote the use of creative prototyping, co-design and feedback between researchers and the public as methods for improving experiences and outcomes.

We have a rich network of collaborators and tailor our team to each project, providing a balance of creative and technical skills to tackle any design challenge.
Our story
Design Science started as a research group connecting designers and science communicators. We launched in 2011 with a lively debate between technologists at Imperial College London and designers at Central Saint Martins, two leading academic organisations in their fields.

The event revealed significant gaps in understanding between these two communities and emphasised the need for greater collaboration and interdisciplinary practice. 

The rise of unmediated social media has led to fake news, culture wars and continued public confusion between knowledge and opinion and an increased need for thoughtful, creative and engaging communications from our research community. 

Since our foundation, we have worked with hundreds of researchers and collaborators across multiple domains of knowledge and our work has been valued by organisations working in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.