Design spaces: agglomeration and creativity in British design agencies

Reimer, Suzanne, Pinch, Steven and Sunley, Peter (2008) Design spaces: agglomeration and creativity in British design agencies. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 90, (2), 151-172. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0467.2008.00284.x).


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Although there is a growing body of research into the cultural and creative industries, little work has focused specifically upon on the geography of design and its role in regional economies. The relative neglect of the geography of the UK design industry is surprising given recent assertions about the sector's role in national economic competitiveness; its contribution to product innovation; and its importance as an urban regeneration resource. This paper explicitly considers the extent to which existing conceptualizations of agglomeration and creativity provide insights into the realm of design. Our discussion reflects upon recent surveys of the design sector and analyses current design organization membership data, both of which reveal an overwhelming concentration of design activities in London and the South East. Our analysis of the strategies, organization and practices of agencies in London reveals that a number of the key features associated with cultural industries in general are significantly less discernible within design.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1468-0467.2008.00284.x
ISSNs: 0435-3684 (print)
1468-0467 (electronic)
Keywords: design, regional economies, clusters, creative industries, networking, projects
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 55553
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2008Published
5 June 2008Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:35

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