Design Business Association (DBA)

Design Business Association (DBA)

Our Vision:

The Design Business Association exists to promote professional excellence through productive partnerships between commerce and the design industry to champion effective design which improves the quality of people's lives.


What we do:

The DBA is the trade association for design in the UK. It represents about 400 design consultancies across all of the different design disciplines to governemnt, assists its members with business issues and provides them with training to develop their skills and competencies. It has just launched a new corporate membership scheme for businesses that commission design and want to maximise their ROI from it.

Our top 3 high profile projects:

Design Effectiveness Awards

The DBA's annual Design Effectiveness Awards are both prestigious and authoritative, the only award scheme that uses commercial data as a key judging criteria. Year after year, winning case studies demonstrate that successful projects require the integration of the design brief with business aims and objectives from the outset...

DBA Members Directory
The DBA Directory makes buying design simpler and more effective, giving clients the opportunity to gain better value for money from the outset. With so many design companies to choose from, businesses need to find an agency that will match their needs perfectly and quickly. The Directory provides a searchable database that pulls together a PQQ equivalent depth of information that enables clients to fast track their procurement processes, and access a range of agencies they might not otherwise have been able to find. Buy design, here

Events on design business management
The DBA runs a series of stimulating events and debates around the UK that focus on both long-standing and emerging issues relevant to the design community.
We also offer: Training courses for designers - Webinars - Legal advice - Business advice...

DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2018 – tickets on sale
Category: Members news

Tickets to the Design Business Association's 2018 Design Effectiveness Awards ceremony are now on sale. The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards recognise projects that demonstrate design’s tangible effect on a business. 

Design Effectiveness Awards 2018 Ceremony

Book now your tickets for the 2018 Design Effectiveness Awards and celebrate our industry’s impact. 

Successful DBA event ‘Design: driving transformation in business’
Category: Members news

The Design Business Association recently held an event called ‘Design: driving transformation in business’. Over 100 agencies joined the debate, including design leads from The Hershey Company IBM iX, Heineken and PepsiCo.

Shortlist for Design Effectiveness Awards (DBA) 2018 announced
Category: Members news

The 2018 shortlist for the Design Business Association’s ‘Design Effectiveness Awards’ includes 54 entries from 15 countries. The awards celebrate the power of design to drive business success, and the winner will be announced on 22 February 2018.

Design: driving transformation in business 12 October, London
Category: Members news

Design leaders from business and consultancy to come together for an immersive one-day event, to explore how to embed design across every business function to harness its transformative power. 

Call for Entries: DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2018
Category: Members news

BEDA members can enjoy a discount on entries to the Design Effectiveness Awards, which every year prove the commercial benefit of investment in design.