UK Design Community Unites
In the wake of Brexit, designers, journalists and design industry associates have united in support of the Brexit Design Manifesto, which was initiated following a conversation between design journalist Max Fraser and Dezeen founder, Marcus Fairs.
Fraser told Stylus that they discussed the issue of freedom of movement and its importance in the design sector: 'Because it's a borderless industry in many respects. You talk to design companies who are based here and a high proportion of their staff come from the EU, and they can hire them as easily as they can hire someone from the UK'.
The particular relevance to the design and architecture sector is due to its predominance of small businesses that won't have the manpower to go through the time-consuming visa applications involved in employing staff. Another potential drain on resources is the matter of imposing import and export tariffs. 'Small business [could be] affected by unnecessary bureaucracy, and the knock-on effect is that the price of products and services goes up,' continues Fraser.
One aim of the manifesto, therefore, is shoring up the industry to ensure it maintains stability and is not compromised by bureaucracy after the UK's planned departure from the EU.
The design and architecture sectors are major contributors to the UK's creative industries, which are collectively worth £84.1bn according to government figures released in January 2016.
The manifesto has been signed by industry heavyweights such as Thomas Heatherwick and Terence Conran. More signatures will be added throughout London Design Festival this week before being taken to government level.