Initial indicators of international design capabilities.
This report presents findings from a study to develop an international design scoreboard. A framework for ranking nations has been created that considers design at a national level as a system comprising enabling conditions, inputs, outputs and outcomes. A series of indicators has been identified that collectively enable a picture of national design capability to be considered, in both absolute and relative terms. The ‘relative’ indicators (e.g. number of design graduates per million population) help to show the relative intensity of design capabilities within a nation. The ‘absolute’ indicators (e.g. total number of design graduates) show the overall scale of the design capability in each country.