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Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering

A range of high-quality resources for Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering are freely available on the web. Start exploring them here:

  • Crafts Council: The national development agency for crafts in United Kingdom.
  • Design Council: Organisation, which advises the UK government on design questions. They have an archive of their full-text reports freely available.


  • Coroflot: Connects designers with creative companies in a range of areas. Users are able to create professional portfolios to market themselves.
  • Design Handbook - Engineering Drawing and Sketching: Open courseware from MIT about engineering drawing.
  • Design inSite: Aims to inspire designers, contains about 190 descriptions of products, describing the manufactural process behind them, the material used etc.
  • Design Method Toolkit: A collections of methods to creatively create team-based design ideas.
  • The Design Museum: Museum in London focusing on design in all its forms.
  • Dezeen: Online magazine, which covers the areas of architecture and design.
  • Fundamentals of Design: Open courseware from MIT about the FUNdaMENTALS principles of design.
  • How products are made: Explains and details the manufacturing process of a wide variety of products. Also includes biographies of a range of inventors.
  • Instructibles: Collection of videos explaining how to create many things, including 3D printing projects.
  • Museum of Design in Plastics: Museum at the Arts University Bournemouth. They are documenting their collection through text descriptions and photographs, viewable through their website.
  • Product Design Hub: Community for industrial designers to socialise and share their ideas.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng): The national academy for engineers.
  • VADS: The online resource for visual arts. Over 140.000 images freely available to use in learning, teaching, and research in the UK.
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