Design Next invites partners from commercial, public sector, community and not-for profit organisations to engage with us.

Design can create a lot of value in industry. It can make products or experiences safer as well as easier and cheaper to manufacture and implement. Design can also add value by making these products or experiences distinct and by helping companies manage their products and service portfolios better.

Design Next would like to work with industries to ensure every student leaves UNSW with a strong foundation and appreciation of design that uniquely couples multi-disciplinary knowledge, complex technical skills and other important skill-sets including communication, project management, and teamwork. 

We are also interested in other forms of partnerships, so we would love to hear from your organisation if you have any potential projects, proposals or case studies.

Famous examples of design-driven companies

  • Apple reinvented the PC industry and mobile phones. 
  • Alessi is an Italian kitchenware manufacturer that reinvented the kitchenware industry. 
  • IKEA and Zara are examples of fast-moving low-tech consumer goods. Their design captures trends in a flash and rolls them out to the market. 
  • Metso is a Finnish paper machine manufacturer, which uses design for industrial processes
  • The Italian chemist Giulio Natta invented synthetic polymers that changed furniture design of companies like Kartell, Driade and Magis

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