Here in Cambridge, the university's ifM (Institute for Manufacturing) gives regular interesting talks on various subjects. They occur on Thursday evenings and are free to attend. Well worth it! The latest one was entitled "International design scoreboard: where the UK ranks and why it matters" Here is a brief summary: "Britain is currently recognised as a world leader in design and the sector is regarded as integral to the country's future competitiveness and economic prosperity. However, the design services sector has reduced in size over the past 10 years while East Asian countries such as Korea and Singapore are emerging as new design 'powerhouses' posing a potential threat to the UK and other Western countries. This presentation will summarise the findings of a recent study led by the IfM, exploring international design capabilities. It provides the first attempt at ranking 12 countries in terms of their national design capability". Here is a link to their website: http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/service/ev ... _past.html Please follow the link to download a PDF of the presentation and to hear an audio MP3 interview with Dr James Moultrie, the presenter.