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Design Fees CalKulator

Published in Member News
12 February 2013

11_CalKulatorCalculate design fees using the and build win-win professional relationships.

Both designers and clients can subscribe to the CalKulator  

The (CK) is an online design pricing guide that has been created for both design professionals and clients wishing to establish a fair and lasting professional relationship. It contains the results of a unique international survey of 643 projects, deadlines and design fees from 12 disciplines and 85 domains of design, and compares national and international markets in 45 countries of Europe, America and Asia, in 30 currencies.

The helps designers to price their creations and positioning within their market; it also facilitates the calculation of copyrights. The CK allows them to adjust their hourly rate, to position or re-position their activity effectively and to prepare their estimate.

The helps companies to evaluate their value within the design market and allows public authorities to evaluate fair compensations for public procurement. The CK allows them to estimate a realistic budget for a quality project, to gain respect with regard to intellectual property, and to build a win-win professional relationship by facilitating convincing and long-lasting results.

The Calkulator was born from European cooperation 

The idea of creating a common tool to help designers in pricing their work came up in 2005 in Oslo, during a discussion between the leaders of the Alliance Française des Designers (AFD), the Alliance Deutscher Designers (AGD), Design Luxembourg, and the Union des Designers en Belgique (UDB), after BEDA’s 2005 general assembly.

Work on the started in 2006 and it was first released in French and English in 2008 by AFD’s sister association, Moneydesign, which manages the site financially. Moneydesign works with International Labour Organization (ILO) and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It can become a partner of any design association, such as those already mentioned or the Asociación Diseñadores de Madrid and Grafia in Finland.

The CK was translated into Chinese in 2009 and into Spanish in 2011, and will appear in Finnish in 2013. Next could be Italian, Swedish, Polish or Portuguese...Translations are implemented by Moneydesign but provided by professional associations wishing to become partners. An association like this automatically receives a discount code for their members.

On the one can find a couple of examples of price calculation. Feel free to try them out and to send your feedback to François Caspar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Design Effectiveness Awards

Published in Member News
7 February 2013

6_DBA_AwardsDesign Effectiveness Awards at the Design Business Association

The Design Business Association has announced the winners of this year’s DBA Design Effectiveness Awards at a ceremony attended by 450 guests in London on 7th February.

The prestigious Awards celebrate the significant impact design can have on business success and this year a record 61 winners were recognised across a range of disciplines from packaging to product design.

16 Gold, 24 Silver and 21 Bronze awards were presented along with 3 special awards. The Grand Prix is presented to the project demonstrating the most significant and impressive evidence of design effectiveness, and this year was awarded to Brand42 and The Daily Mail Group for MailOnline. After the redesign, MailOnline became not only the UK’s but also the world’s biggest newspaper website with revenue up 455% from £4.5million in 2008 to £25million in 2012.

Blue Marlin and client Cadbury Kraft Foods India were presented with the International Export Award for Cadbury Bournvita’s brand expression and packaging redesign, and Elmwood extended their lead at the top of the DBA Design Effectiveness League Table for an impressive fourth year.

As the Chairman of the Judges, Andrew Summers of Design Partners says, “These Awards are vitally important in demonstrating the critical contribution good design plays in business, government and society.”

To view all of the winning case studies visit:

The Finnish Designer Awards

Published in Member News
18 January 2013

13_Finnish_designer_awardsThe Finnish Designer Awards ’13 highlight public design and art

The Finnish design organisations Ornamo and Grafia announced The Finnish Designer Awards ’13 on 18th January in Helsinki. The professional touch left by the six award-winning designers can be seen in Finnish society e.g. schools, hospitals, public transport and service systems. The awards also highlight the strength of quality design underpinning Finnish industry.

Competitiveness and growth targets steer designers’ work in industry - but independent designers have also presented their own public projects whose purpose is to enhance wellbeing. The Finnish Designer Awards ’13 expose the diversity of the design field in Finland.

Finnish Designer Awards ’13:

  • Textile Artist of the Year Maiju Ahlgrén
  • Fashion Designer of the Year Saila Härkki
  • Ceramic Artist of the Year Outi Leinonen
  • Industrial Designer of the Year Reijo Markku
  • Interior Architect of the Year Päivi Meuronen
  • Graphic Designer of the Year Kasper Strömman 

To view The Finnish Designer Awards brochure:

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