DOTT, which is lead by John Thackara, gives the UK public the chance to help design the places where they live, work and play. It will, according to the organisers provide a unique opportunity for designers, businesses and public service organisations to engage with the public in practical explorations of the role that design can play in improving every aspect of people’s lives.
Every two years the Design Council will work with a UK region or nation to roll out an ambitious, year-long design programme. The aim each time will be to improve national life through design.
The first DOTT, in 2007, will be a partnership with One NorthEast, the regional development agency for North East England. It will have three distinct elements: public design commissions, education programmes and a programme of design showcase event.