dc Learning

Our courses and guides offer the opportunity to utilise expertise gathered from some of Europe’s leading furniture designers and manufacturers. 

With an increasing emphasis on companies to improve and prove their carbon output it is becoming more important for there to be education supporting this.

All aspects of design should consider a sustainable element to them. But translating this to designing sustainably and transparently in industry can be a complicated ballpark.

We use a circular knowledge practice, taking industry knowledge and passing it down to future industry leaders. We look at not just the design process, but how this works in practice and what happens afterward using a circular design standard that is industry-focused, industry-led, and industry-assessed.

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This guide acts as a tool to support designers, architects, manufacturers and suppliers on the process of how to design and manufacture products in a way that considers sustainability from the beginning through use and end of life.

Download our guide now to play your part in this crucial movement!

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The Design Conformity Design Course

What you will learn:

  • The importance of sustainable design.
  • How to create a ‘Carbon Efficient’ product.
  • How to apply for DC certification.
  • At the end, students will submit their designs for assessment by industry professionals and receive feedback and a carbon efficiency rating.

Meet the Instructor

The course is led by Katryn Furmston, Head of Design and Research at Design Conformity. Known as Katie, she has a background as a designer-maker, workshop leader, and senior lecturer in Furniture and Product Design at Nottingham Trent University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in sustainability in furniture, focusing on waste reduction for consumers.

Get in touch to learn more about our course...

Katie, our course leader and Head of Design & Research here at Design Conformity will walk you through the course and explain all you need to know before getting started!

Book an onboarding session today!


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Katie, our Head of Design recently interviewed her colleague and fellow NTU student Beth. Can you tell me a bit about you …

Are your clients demanding a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Certificate for your products? Do you need to clarify your product’s carbon footprint …

Created using the award-winning Carbon Efficiency platform we are happy to share that we are launching our ecolabel at Clerkenwell Design Week! …