Gray's centre to act as Scottish design broker

via Design Week Magazine (20 Nov 2008)

C4DI, Aberdeen's new £1m Centre for Design and Innovation Management, is seeking Scottish design groups to work with local businesses to improve their products and services.

Gray's School of Art has set up the centre, which aims to use its three-year Scottish government funding to help hundreds of small businesses.

'We want to have as many Scottish design consultancies on our books as possible, covering many disciplines, from branding to product design,' says centre director and Gray's School of Art Professor of Design Julian Malins.

The centre, which is due to open in January, will keep an in-house team of about three designers to assess the design needs of small businesses.

'We will take companies to a certain level of thinking about a concept and at that point put them in touch with a designer,' says Malins...