Members’ Area

From receiving expert help and guidance to benchmarking your business’ performance, the Members’ Area is a gateway to resources, services and support specifically developed for those working in the field of design.

Some sections are exclusively accessible to DBA members, connecting you to the extensive range of benefits your membership provides.

DBA membership extends to everyone working within your business – all members of your team can register for their own password – ensuring the whole team benefits.

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Resources

Essential guidance, templates, insight and tools to support you on all aspects of the business of design. From contracts to client opinion, legal updates to exporting support, our resources give you instant access to expert advice and tools to help solve a wide range of business challenges.

If you can’t find the information you’re after please email membership@dba.org.uk or call 020 7251 9229 and we’ll look to source or signpost you to guidance to match your needs. 

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How to buy design: 02 Writing your design brief


For help in writing the project brief for designers.

Advice for clients


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How to buy design: 03 Agency selection guide


What are you actually looking for?

Advice for clients


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How to buy design: 04 Pitch guide


For use when preparing for a pitch with designers.

Advice for clients


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How to buy design: 05 Pitch brief


For use in briefing the designers on what you require from them at the pitch meeting.

Advice for clients


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How to buy design: 06 Pitch score sheet


For use when scoring the designers in the pitch.

Advice for clients


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How to buy design: 07 Pitch feedback


For use when giving feedback to unsuccessful designers.

Advice for clients


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How to buy design: 08 Asking for a proposal document


Asking for a proposal document.

Advice for clients


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How to buy design: 09 Proposal score sheet


For use in scoring a response to the brief.

Advice for clients


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Can your private messages at work be read by your employer?


Can your private messages at work be read by your employer? Where do employer and employee stand when it comes to personal internet use at work?

HR, Legal


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Registered design protection – changes October 2016


Applying for registered design protection has just become easier and cheaper thanks to reductions in official fees, as well as becoming more advisable in light of the Brexit vote.

Legal


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