Design ladder is a concept or better to say a method that Danish Design Center (DDC) developed to measure the level of design activity adopted by some company.
It has four stages:
+ no use of design;
+ design as styling;
+ design as process, and
+ design as strategy.
Out of that DDC developed two special programs. One is the Designer ISO – a certification program for design companies and the other is in-service training in design management aiming primary toward executives who are not designer by profession. In Denmark they know that Design-Aware Executive are important.
Ulla Havgaard Ramlau and Christina Melander. 2004. In Denmark, Design Tops the Agenda. Design Management Reviev. 15/4.
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