How design-savvy clients can help you move mountains

While chatting to our regular columnist Dean Johnson in a coffee break at this month's Global Design Forum, following thought-provoking sessions exploring world-changing ideas and the future of innovation, the inevitable question arose: "So, how are you finding it?" We both agreed that while the content and topics covered were fascinating, there was one key thing missing: a firm grounding in commercial context.

Innovation, experimentation and open-ended thinking have their place when it comes to making progress. But it's an unavoidable fact of running a design business today that hot topics like sustainable design and social responsibility must be constantly tempered by financial and practical realities.

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