Our partners

Our high-profile core partners contribute to Design Star’s diversity and we aim to involve them as much as possible in Design Star activities and decision making.

Design Museum

The Design Museum’s HE programme aims to establish the museum as a key UK resource within the design and architecture sector and a cultural must-see for all students, offering rich content and specialist insight into the professional world of contemporary design.

Intel Labs

Intel Labs is devoted to the research of new technologies and innovations in multiple areas of computing including efficient computing, immersive experience, transportation, intelligent connectivity, sustainability, worryfree computing, cloud computing, visual computing as well as exploratory research.

Maybourne Projects Ltd

Maybourne is an architectural practice with an award-winning track record as innovator in social building and care solutions. It promotes the understanding of the complexities of brief and finance that produce design; and the value of cross-discipline dialogue. Unusually, Maybourne’s design processes are a subject of academic record.

Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research Cambridge conducts leading-edge research that is driven by social and technological challenges as well as scientific interests. Microsoft Research aims to push the boundaries of computer science, and to enable the creation of software technologies that will help shape the future of society.

Milton Keynes Council: Economic Development

The motto of Milton Keynes, established in 1967, is ‘by knowledge, design, and understanding’ which is why the Economic Development office of the city council see collaboration with Design Star as furthering their aim of providing vision and strategy for the city’s future development.


Monotype specialises in typesetting and type design, particularly digital type solutions for tablets and e-readers, and document workflows, with an international emphasis. Its extensive type archives and collections have considerable potential to influence current thinking about type design and technology.

Policy Connect

Policy Connect is an organisation linking parliamentarians with business and the public sector with the aim of developing new policy in the area of Design and Innovation. To achieve this aim it is closely involved with the All Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group, chaired by Barry Sheerman.

Spy Studio

Spy is a brand and design practice, giving clients a point of view and a point of difference, so they can succeed in whatever they do. Using deep-dive research, inventive thinking and refined design skills, we help to give brands a distinctive personality and communicate with clarity and originality.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A is keen to support postgraduate research work in design archives and collections, particularly when lessons from them can be used to inspire creative solutions to present-day problems and issues.

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