Who We Are

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 government, 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, better…click 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…

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