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Our mission


Design Can is a campaign, community and resource platform that believes the design industry should be representative of the world it serves.

We run campaigns to challenge the status quo, host a platform of useful resources, edit a monthly regular newsletter, and collaborate with major voices to deliver talks, workshops and events.

Since launching in 2019, Design Can’s steering committee of industry professionals have shaped our mission and activities. We are a limited company with a charitable purpose. Run on a largely volunteer basis, Design Can’s first paid employee, a part-time project manager, joined in June 2021.

We have worked with the Victoria & Albert Museum, Crafts Council, Wellcome Collection, Design Council and many others.

Steering Committee:

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Ansel Neckles

Co-founder of Let’s Be Brief
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Ella Ritchie

Co-founder of Intoart
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James Lee

Consultant and member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group
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Mac Collins

Furniture Designer
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Meneesha Kellay

Curator of festivals at V&A
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Priya Khanchandani

Head of curatorial at the Design Museum
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Steph McLaren-Neckles

Co-founder of Let’s Be Brief
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Sarah Mann

Arts manager at HS2
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Yinka Ilori

Artist and designer

Design Can Team:

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Sabine Zetteler

Director
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Bisila Noha

Project Manager

Patrons:

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Logo for Pearson Lloyd
Logo for Royal Designers for Industry
Logo for Surface Matter
Logo for Zetteler

Partners:

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Logo for London Design Festival
Logo for Sound Advice
Logo for Victoria & Albert Museum