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BEDA Tool Box

Published in Member News
1 August 2012

BEDA_ToolBox_ImgThe contents of the BEDA Tool Box are aimed at supporting and developing designers across Europe. They include useful documents developed by BEDA such as the Code of Conduct for Designers and the Policy of Free Pitching, based on Best Practice papers by ICOGRADA (International Council of Graphic Design Associations).

The Code of Conduct for Designers explains the international basis of ethical standards in relation to the practice of design. It gives an important overview of the responsibilities of the design profession, discusses payment and makes recommendations about advertising.

The Policy of Free Pitching draws attention to the problem of speculative pitching, which can undermine the value of design services. This subject is becoming more and more important, and this document offers guidelines for avoiding this situation.

The BEDA Competition Guidelines provide a framework for setting up and running an open design competition; this is not just for associations that organise or wish to organise these competitions, but also for designers entering competitions, as it provides information about fair and correct procedures.

The NACE Code for Design refers to the European industry standard classification system, which has been adopted for design activities in many European countries. This has been a very important step in formalising the structure of the profession, and in defining its economic measures.

BEDA hopes to increase its membership in coming months, so we hope that if you find the documents useful, you’ll support and promote the Toolbox within your country by sharing the link with your colleagues and professional partners.

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BEDA Tool Box

BEDA Tool Box

Published in BEDA Tool Box
8 March 2012

BEDA ToolBox ImgThe BEDA Toolbox harnesses a wealth of knowledge and resources from amongst BEDA members. We offer several free templates and sample documents for use in your professional practice. The BEDA toolbox is extended and updated continuously.

The Toolbox is divided into several sections;



BEDA Policy Recommendations
This section contains documents, developed from BEDA board discussions, which serve as policy recommendations. They are intended to create consistency in how practitioners in the BEDA member states operate. These recommendations are available to everyone.
- Code of Conduct for Designers
- Policy on Free Pitching
- BEDA Competition Guidelines
- NACE Codes Fact Sheet

Guidelines and Templates
Documents in this section provide inspiration and serve as “checklists” when developing brief documents, planning and calculating projects, and preparing for communication between clients and suppliers of design services. The documents are designed to be equally useful for both parties, and are available to everyone.
- Agency Selection Guide
- Briefing Template
- Getting Started
- Pitch Brief
- Pitch Guide

Member-only content
Model contracts, agreements, and other samples are available exclusively to members of BEDA and their member organisations. Use your personal code to access the members only section of the website. If you do not remember your code, please contact the BEDA office.


Credits: As of October 2012, in addition to documents prepared by BEDA, the resources included in the BEDA Toolbox have been generously provided by Icograda, BNO - Association of Dutch Designers in the Netherlands and DBADesign Business Association in the UK. We welcome additional resources, which will be edited to match the format used in the BEDA Toolbox as well as to avoid direct references to national standards and legislation, currencies and other conditions. By submitting your organisation’s resources to BEDA, you accept the publication of the edited version of your document on the BEDA website, www.beda.org Disclaimer: Although all the documents have been drafted and edited with the utmost care, BEDA accepts no responsibility for harm or loss of any kind whatsoever that might arise from any defect in the content of any of the documents featured in the BEDA Toolbox or from its use.

Contact BEDA  Koloniënstraat 56, 1000 Brussels (Belgium) t. (+32) 2 217 39 77  f. (+32) 2 217 99 72
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