New online design and manufacturing forum goes live Thursday 29 November 2007 PDF Print SolidWorks-backed online community to provide new voice for UK designers and manufacturers DesignTalks (http://www.design-talks.com), a new UK online community and discussion forum for UK design and manufacturing businesses, goes live today. Sponsored by leading CAD software vendor SolidWorks, but independently edited, hosted and managed, DesignTalks will encompass a range of resources and activities including live roundtable debates, independently written whitepapers and a dynamic online debating forum. The initial focus is on ways of measuring and maximising the return on design investment, and a whitepaper, Design and the bottom line, is available for immediate download to registered members. DesignTalks was established in response to research carried out within the SolidWorks user base that suggested the need for practical advice and best practice guidance aimed at UK manufacturing organisations. “We are committed to helping our customers succeed through designing better products and we recognise that this is about more than just providing the right software tools,” explains Anne Busson, UK Marketing Manager for SolidWorks. “Of course we believe that our software is invaluable in boosting both creativity and productivity, but there are many other factors surrounding the deployment of design within business and manufacturing that need to be addressed at a more strategic level. We identified the need for an independent resource specifically aimed at manufacturing organisations that want to share their own experiences and learn from others, and we are happy to support the DesignTalks initiative.” Although debate will be encouraged about all aspects of design in manufacturing, the initial focus for DesignTalks is on ways that businesses can evaluate and maximise the return on their investment in design. A panel representing a varied cross section of leading UK designers and manufacturers from both the consumer and business-to-business sectors was assembled last month at the Design Council’s London headquarters to debate exactly this issue. A transcript of the two-hour debate and Design and the bottom line: Measuring the value design brings to manufacturing business, a whitepaper summarising the issues raised, are available immediately for download for registered DesignTalks members. “Return on design investment continues to be a hot topic throughout the private sector, particularly among smaller businesses,” says Dr Antonia Ward, Knowledge Manager at the Design Council and chair of the first DesignTalks roundtable debate. “We have just announced the findings of our own extensive research into the broader impact of design in business and it was refreshing to hear similar themes being discussed among manufacturing and design professionals. Anything that encourages businesses to think more carefully about the link between design and profitability must be a good thing.” As well as whitepapers and transcripts from live debates, DesignTalks will also feature regularly updated topical articles and independent comment from the design and manufacturing industry, and a dynamic forum where designers and executives can debate hot issues among themselves. DesignTalks membership is free. Members are entitled to download DesignTalks whitepapers and transcripts and to participate fully in forum debates. Ends About DesignTalks DesignTalks is the ideal place for UK designers and manufacturers to debate the hottest topics of the moment. As well as providing an online debating environment DesignTalks will also be producing whitepapers and other resources designed to help manufacturers get the best from design. The focal point for DesignTalks will be a regular series of roundtable debates. These live events will allow leading figures from UK design and manufacturing to discuss the topics and issues the industry must face if it is to remain competitive in today's shrinking global market. DesignTalks is presented by SolidWorks UK, provider of intuitive 3D CAD tools. SolidWorks is committed to supporting UK designers and manufacturers with fresh thinking and useful resources, and DesignTalks is the latest demonstration of that commitment. DesignTalks is independently edited, hosted and managed by The Crocodile (www.thecroc.com). For further information please contact: Ben Bush or Lindsay Back The Crocodile 020 7749 4400 This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of The Crocodile Design & Marketing Ltd in the following categories: Business & Finance, Manufacturing, Engineering & Energy, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.