engagement, impactful design and
delivery, we help cities, governments and organisations to improve the lives of the people they
From reframing highstreets, to new models of education, playful interventions, regenerative tourism or improved community wellbeing, we cut through the red tape, take risk, see the bigger picture and challenge the status quo.
Whilst some forms of science and engineering deal in the black and white, the world we live in is grey. People are unpredictable, problems are open ended, solutions are innumerable, contexts are unique and everything is interconnected. From highstreets to education, climate to tourism we engage people, design new narratives and deliver change for cities, sectors and stakeholders.
purposely broad team of researchers,
designers, strategists, filmmakers, producers, planners, technologists and makers. The perfect balance of
inquisitive minds to push new ways of thinking and experienced hands to deliver tangible interventions.
Being broad ensures the outcome of our projects are defined by insights and opportunities, not by the
of the team.
We use these skills to change policy, deliver physical interventions, shape places, tell stories and create technology for people . We communicate complexity through visions, film and stories.
We believe the
best innovation happens at the
intersection between people, place and purpose.
This philosophy, delivered through the Design Council’s established Double-Diamond 💎 💎 Design methodology means we actually deliver change as well as academically rigorous thinking and models.
We don’t claim to be Einsteins. In fact what we do is simple. We talk to people to reframe challenges around their needs and deliver solutions that are more creative, relevant and align to key policy outcomes. But we do believe we’re unique. Cutting through the complexity is the hard part, and that’s what we do best.
We support governments and councils in citizen engagement to promote civically owned policies and strategies while shaping their focus.
We develop major urban plans and recommend human approaches to infrastructure projects right through to the delivery of tactical urban pilots that put wellbeing and mental health outcomes at the forefront of their impact.
We deliver culturally led interventions across scales and programmes, local narrative and community shaped in the form of art installations, buildings, places and festivals.
We develop digital platforms and tools which improve the way we do things with a social impact focus.
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