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Spanning work for global companies and government departments, to start-up challenger brands and charities, the winners prove the value of design in creating positive change. 

Says DBA Chief Executive, Deborah Dawton: “The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards bring to life design’s ability to deliver competitive advantage for businesses, setting them apart in increasingly complex and crowded markets. And often, when designers are allowed to bring to the table their expertise and knowledge of the changes they see coming in society, such as the drive for a more sustainable world, their solutions for businesses stand to deliver an even better outcome, a better tomorrow for us all.”

Grand Prix & Gold winner: Billson’s Rebrand by Cowan

24 client and agency partnerships were recognised with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and the coveted Grand Prix Award went to a rebrand of Australian cordials business Billson’s, by Cowan, which resulted in growth from a base of $160,000 to a $7.6million business within 2.5 years.

Reinstated to its heyday, Billson’s staff numbers grew from two to 28, and the business is an integral part of the community once again, positively impacting on the local economy and employment. Find out more about Gold and Grand Prix winner, Billson’s rebrand

Among the winners were:

Barnardo’s with Leap (Bronze): Helping young care leavers develop skills and confidence to live independently, LifeLabs’ online portal had 1,200 unique users in six months and was such a success, IKEA extended its support enabling national roll-out of the pilot project. Find out more about LifeLabs

 

 

GlaxoSmithKline with DCA Design International (Bronze): Flipping open with a finger, palm or table edge, Voltaren’s new, easy-open cap is a revelation for those with hand pain and dexterity issues. 93% of test consumers agreed the bespoke cap is more intuitive and easier to open first time and sales grew 5.76% in Germany, 35% ahead of the market. Find out more about Voltaren’s easy-open cap. 

 

 

Little Bellies with B&B studio (Gold): Value sales soared 262% within 3-years of the baby food business’ rebrand, which enabled it to extend its range from eight to 26 products and expand into North America, where it can be found in 6,000 stores. Find out more about Little Bellies’ rebrand

 

Ministry of Justice with Design102 (Silver): Consisting of 20 short videos, social media assets and podcast adverts, the #ItStillMatters Campaign resonated with victims of sexual violence and abuse, encouraging them to seek help. It drove 50% of traffic to the campaign website, with 21% of site users clicking through to specialist support services. Find out more about the #ItStillMatters campaign. 

 

 

Oxford Brewery with WPA Pinfold (Gold): Increasing sales 300% against pre-COVID levels, a transformational repositioning and striking new brand image helped save the brewery following the worst period for hospitality in living memory. The micro-brewer was able to move to the high-end of the market, raise prices, grow margins and secure its future survival. Find out more about Oxford Brewery’s rebrand. 

Browse all of the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners and take a look at their winning case studies here

Established in 1989, the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards recognise and celebrate the compelling influence of design on the success of a project or business. Crucially, the awards are evidence-based, with the impact of the design measured and verified. 

The Awards are entered jointly by client and designer and winning projects have been rigorously judged by business leaders from organisations such as Aviva, Coca-Cola Company, Costa Coffee, Electrolux, Financial Times, Google, Huawei, Lloyds Banking Group, PwC, Reckitt, Sodexo, and Virgin Atlantic in three rounds of judging.

The Grand Prix award was selected by a special judging panel which included James Bruce, CEO, Buro Happold, Laura Citron, CEO, London & Partners, Tim Reeve, Deputy Director and COO, V&A, Helen Brocklebank, CEO, Walpole.

Says Chair of the Judges, Clive Grinyer:It has been inspirational to see the continuing stories of design effectiveness in this year’s submissions. Companies from the largest to the smallest have used design as a strategic tool to strengthen their relationships with customers, engage them in the values of their brand and communicated their purpose to customers. In an increasingly competitive market in such challenging times, they have invested and reaped the measurable rewards of design. The DBA Design Effectiveness Award winners, across Bronze, Silver and Gold, can be assured they have achieved the highest level of evidence that their use of design has bought them success.”

2022 DBA Design Effectiveness Award Winners

Award Project Agency Client
Silver Horlicks Brandon Aimia Foods
Gold Billson’s Rebrand Cowan Billson’s
Grand Prix Billson’s Rebrand Cowan Billson’s
Gold Little Bellies Rebrand B&B studio Little Bellies
Bronze Step into the NHS Rebranding and Website Redesign Brand Ethos Health Education England
Bronze LifeLabs Leap Barnardo’s
Silver Leitz IQ Autofeed Office Shredder Range Oxford Product Design ACCO
Silver Midol Brand Restage goDutch Bayer Healthcare
Silver Fred. Olsen Website Optimisation ELSE Fred. Olsen
Bronze Raw Halo Rebrand B&B studio Raw Halo
Bronze KP Nuts Rebrand This Way Up KP Snacks
Silver M&Ms 3D Confectionary Advent Calendar Path Mars Wrigley
Silver DRTY Drinks Branding Pearlfisher DRTY Drinks
Silver McCain Street Fries BrandOpus McCain
Bronze UpCircle Branding Studio More Design UpCircle by Optiat
Bronze SO Organic BrandMe Sainsbury’s
Bronze Meridian Rebrand Bulletproof 3V Natural Foods
Bronze Tidal Rum Lewis Moberly Shorts Boy Distillery
Silver Cinnamon Toast Crunch Pearlfisher General Mills
Silver Westward Whiskey Pearlfisher Westward Whiskey
Silver Old Gold Rebrand Bulletproof Mondelēz International – Australia
Bronze My/Mochi Redesign Bulletproof My/Mochi Ice Cream Co.
Bronze Voltaren Flip-top Easy Open Cap DCA Design International GlaxoSmithKline
Silver #ItStillMatters Campaign Design102 Ministry of Justice
Gold Oxford Brewery Rebrand WPA Pinfold Oxford Brewery

More information on the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards and how to enter can be found here.

The deadline for entries into the 2023 awards is 4 November 2022. 

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Billson’s Rebrand by Billson’s and Cowan

Became a $7.6million business within two and a half years, impacting on local area’s economy and employment.

 

Staff numbers leapt from two to 28.  

Cinnamon Toast Crunch by General Mills and Pearlfisher

Fastest growing kids’ cereal in the US in 2020, outperforming competitors.  

 

Achieved largest market share in six years. 

DRTY Drinks Branding by DRTY Drinks and Pearlfisher

Secured pre-launch listings with Ocado and Whole Foods before product was even ready to sample. 

 

Drove unplanned international growth in seven other markets.

 

 

Fred. Olsen Website Optimisation by Fred. Olsen and ELSE 

Session durations leapt 44% and bounce rate decreased 23%.

 

Online bookings rose substantially in just nine months.

Horlicks by Aimia Foods and Brandon

Changed consumer perceptions.

 

Attracted 46% more younger buyers than target.   

#ItStillMatters Campaign by Ministry of Justice and Design102

Inspired action, informing and empowering victims of sexual violence and their family and friends.

 

Overcame barriers which can prevent survivors reaching out and encouraged them to take first steps in seeking support. 

 

KP Nuts Rebrand by KP Snacks and This Way Up

Revived KP Nuts’ fortunes, re-igniting growth.

 

Gained 37.9% market value in two years.

Leitz IQ Autofeed Office Shredder Range by ACCO and Oxford Product Design

Enabled a premium price.

 

Reduced manufacturing costs by 20%.  

LifeLabs by Barnardo’s and Leap

1,200 unique users of portal in first six-months.

 

IKEA extended its support by an extra £70,000, enabling national roll-out.

Little Bellies Rebrand by Little Bellies and B&B studio

Became a dominating force in Australian home market.

 

Extended internationally, securing listings in 6,000 North American stores.

 

McCain Street Fries by McCain and BrandOpus

Appealed to a younger audience by an additional 23%.

 

4.8% market penetration, exceeding 3% target. 

Meridian Rebrand by Bulletproof and 3V Natural Foods

Website sales to consumers soared 84%.

 

Nine new jobs were created at factory in North Wales.  

Midol Brand Restage by Bayer Healthcare and goDutch 

Increased sales velocity 18.7%.

 

Opened up innovation opportunities.

M&M's 3D Confectionary Advent Calendar by Mars Wrigley and Path

Created a completely new advent experience.

 

Changed the way the business employs design as a strategic innovation tool. 

My/Mochi Redesign by My/Mochi Ice Cream Co. and Bulletproof

Connected with Gen Z consumers.

 

Attracted 300,000 followers on TikTok in less than six months.

Old Gold Rebrand by Mondeléz International – Australia and Bulletproof

Average product price increased 8.5%.

 

Reliance on price promotions reduced.

Oxford Brewery Rebrand by Oxford Brewery and WPA Pinfold

Increased sales 300% against pre-COVID levels.

 

Effectively saved Oxford Brewery following the worst period for hospitality in living memory. 

Raw Halo Rebrand by Raw Halo and B&B studio

Saving two tonnes of plastic and four tonnes of cardboard waste annually.

 

Enabled the business to meet its ethical aspirations and improve margins.

SO Organic by Sainsbury’s and BrandMe

Reversed SO Organic’s -1.5% market share decline.

 

Delivered +2% value share growth in a market worth over £1billion. 

Step into the NHS Rebranding and Website Design by Health Education England and Brand Ethos

Captured the attention of students and teachers.

 

Transformed engagement with the careers website, with resource downloads up 65% year-on-year.  

Tidal Rum by Shorts Boy Distillery and Lewis Moberly

Smashed year one and two sales objectives by 25%.

 

Exceeded £150,000 inward investment objective, securing over £230,000 on funding platform Seedrs within two years. 

UpCircle Branding by UpCircle by Optiat and Studio More Design

Average spendper purchase leapt 77%.

 

Saving waste from landfill and inspiring others on the circular economy.

Voltaren Flip-Top, Easy-Open Cap by GlaxoSmithKline and DCA Design International

93% of test consumers agree the new flip-top design is easier to open first time.

 

Improved user experience has helped safe-guard market-leading position. 

Westward Whiskey by Westward Whiskey and Pearlfisher

From a sales decline of -23% to 280% growth within a year.

 

Beyond the US, now also sold in the Nordics, France, Germany and the UK. 

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New Designers is the longest running and leading graduate design showcase in the country. This year is the 37th anniversary and will bring together 200 flagship university design courses who will be showcasing 3,000 of the country’s finest design students.

The show runs at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London between 29 June – 9 July 2022.

The event mission is to  champion and support the UK grassroots design sector, and connect future leading lights with the design industry for creative exchange and professional collaboration.

It’s a prime opportunity to recruit the freshest talent in the UK and the prestigious ND Awards is the chance to witness the very best graduates being rewarded by industry experts.

ND Awards are being supported in week 2 of the event by companies such as Habitat, Made.com, LMC Design and John Lewis and are being introduced by Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A Museum.

Special invitation for DBA members

DBA members are invited to the ND Awards evening on Wednesday 6 July 2022 and can book a complimentary ticket to attend the New Designers event (entry from 6pm with the awards evening commencing at 7pm).

 

Secure your complimentary ticket here*

 

* You may need to login into the DBA Members’ Area to access the booking link. 

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  • Adam Fennelow, Head of Services at the DBA reminded us of the importance of harnessing the information in the DBA’s Annual Survey Report in the current context of wage inflation; it’s never been more important to understand the ratio between your charge out rates and salaries. 
  • The DBA’s Annual Survey is segmented by job roles between different agency sizes and different geographic locations so will help you to benchmark salaries and charge out rates. You only get access to the full report if you complete the survey and the deadline for this year is Monday 13th – the email is in your inbox – email Adam if you can’t find your link. 
  • One member shared a useful tool from the ONS that helped them make their decisions about salary increases in light of inflation.
  • Garen Kouyoumjian, Associate Partner at McKinsey shared his top take-away from their latest report that design needs to be embedded within an organisation to create the most value, which we also explored with Eric Quint at our last webinar
  • There was a discussion around why numerically more designers in a business didn’t lead to better outcomes, with one member sharing that they can’t grow their team fast enough to keep up with the demand. The report looked at a cross-section of businesses.
  • Garen also shared insight into the changing profile of designers businesses are looking, with “other” experience alongside designing being increasingly important. 
  • Jonathan Kirk, DBA Expert and Founder of Up to the Light, discussed the stat that ‘89% of clients believe their market is moving faster than ever’ from the latest What Clients Think report.
  • His top three tips to counteract this trend are; to schedule quarterly strategy meetings with your client, extract data for analysis in real time and build a stronger approach to creative briefs.
  • There was a discussion around meaningful KPI’s and one member shared What Matters as a source of inspiration.
  • A question to those present was what information did they think is missing from any of these reports that they’d like to see next year? Do let me know.
  • John Gleason, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of A Better View Strategic Consulting brought us The Conference Board – a non-profit that can help you be smarter in the work you do.
  • You can watch two webinars from 2020 to hear John explore this in more detail.
  • More useful sources of business intelligence shared by members were; Sales Navigator, HBR, FT, Interbrand, The Conversation, Deloitte for sector specific reports, Edelman.

Our Members’ Forum takes place on the first Monday of each month, at 4 – 5pm. If you would like to attend, get in touch here

Our next members forum will be taking place on Monday 4 July.

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Warren has been working within the emergent digital disciplines of design for over 20 years and is the Founder of ELSE, a London-based experience design consultancy that helps business leaders accelerate product and service innovation.

During his career, Warren has worked in client-side and agency environments such as Yell, Universal Music, LBi and PA Consulting before founding ELSE in 2010. 

As the principal at ELSE, Warren is responsible for setting business strategy, defining culture and maintains a healthy hands-on approach in client work. ELSE has a progressive culture, having operated a 4-day work week and remote working practices for a number of years.

Says DBA CEO Deborah Dawton: “There are sizeable challenges ahead for the design industry. The after-effects of Brexit and the pandemic on the economy, on our businesses and the way we work are still resonating. We are yet to know the full scale of impact on the design industry, but there is no doubt we’ll need to adapt. I’m delighted to welcome Warren Hutchinson to the role of Chair of the DBA Board; his experience in successfully driving transformational change within his clients’ businesses and also through his own business ELSE will be of great value in galvanising the DBA membership to rise to these challenges, creating opportunities for our community to thrive.”

Listen to Warren's speech from the DBA AGM:

It’s best to be an active DBA member. Join in. Find those collaborators and partners. Because it is what raises us all up to run better design businesses.Watch the video here

At the AGM on Thursday 28 April 2022, we also welcomed three new Directors to the DBA Board. TDC PR Founder & Managing Director, Tim Duncan, A Better View Strategic Consulting Founder & President, John Gleason and HMA Managing Director, Nicola Tiffany.

Rufus Leonard Chief Operating Officer, Will Rowe and Diageo Global Design Director, Jeremy Lindley were also re-elected to the Board. As our previous Chair, our particular thanks and appreciation goes to Jeremy for his commitment to, and support of the DBA.

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Created in collaboration with Red Setter, and presented by its Founder & Managing Partner, Claire Blyth, this new podcast lifts the curtain on some of the design sector’s most respected and interesting leaders, strategists and designers.

My Life in Design

“I’ve always loved the diversity of the design sector,” says Blyth. “There are so many different ways into it. There are so many different careers to be found in it. And it’s packed full of people with fascinating stories to tell. That’s what I want to shine a light onto with this podcast.”

In the first ten episodes, listeners will hear the founder of the world’s largest independent branding firm tell the story of how graffiti first sparked his love of typography. Another explores the links between branding and religion. And the head of global brand experience at a leading consumer goods corporate talks about how design gives him a glimpse into the future.

An episode lands weekly on Thursdays on iTunes, Spotify and other leading podcast platforms. The first series includes:

  • Max Ottignon, co-founder, Ragged Edge 
  • Heidi Lightfoot, founder and creative director, Together Design
  • Gush Mundae, founder of Bulletproof
  • Kathryn Jubrail, managing director and Kirsty Minns, executive creative director at Mother Design
  • Stuart Watson, founder and partner at Nomad
  • Nat Maher, founder of Kerning the Gap
  • Ian Wharton, CXO at Superunion
  • Jos Harrison, global head of brand experience and design at Reckitt.

“Whether you’re looking for your first break in the industry, or you’re looking for your latest inspiration, I think these conversations have something to offer everyone”, says Blyth. 

The Design Community Hub is a cross-industry initiative, created to support talent across the design world. Find out more here.

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Developing younger talent within the business is concerning many of you.

The hybrid working model is making it difficult for more inexperienced team members to pick up the important bits of experience they gain from working in close proximity to their colleagues. The role of senior creatives may be changing to ensure more time can be spent with juniors helping them develop the skills they need to progress.

Recruiting top talent is another issue. It’s coming at a price.

Agencies who are recruiting are finding it incredibly difficult to match the demands of sought-after talent. Some DBA members are reporting that it is costing them 25% more to replace certain types of staff.

Inflation and the rising cost of living is also feeding demand for staff pay-rises.

Through recent years of low-inflation it has been common practice for agencies to give staff pay increases every year, generally raising them a couple of percent. Even during the pandemic, we saw small increases at the more junior end of the scale.

The problem is that lots of agencies have not followed suit with fee increases every year. So, my first recommendation is a small increase every year regardless of the situation. Your clients are much more likely to accept two consecutive years of 2.5% increases rather than a 5% increase after a fallow year.

If your costs are increasing, your fees should be increasing. But the aim is a balance. Keeping an eye on the ratio between the salary of a specific role and the charge out rate is important to make sure it does not fall out of kilter. Some roles can be charged out at a higher ratio than others.

Bear in mind this advice from DBA Expert Sim Thirunesan: “If you are considering increasing your charge out rates as a result of increasing base costs, be aware that an increase in rates won’t necessarily translate to an increase in profits and healthy margins.” Sim recommends reviewing your pricing strategies and positioning, alongside carrying out benchmarking exercises.

When it comes to keeping staff happy, motivated, and effective it’s important to remember that other factors can also be considered.

Improving the overall employment package, not just the salary, is one alternative. What are your added benefits? We are seeing an increase in agencies experimenting with 4-day weeks (or one Friday a month off), early Friday finishes during the summer etc. No doubt we will see some interesting trends emerging around benefits in this year’s DBA Annual Survey Report when the findings are published in the Autumn. 

As Sim says, “There is a lot more which can be considered and included beyond financial incentivisation. The first step is to understand what the motivators and hygiene factors of your employees and the prospective candidates are? Ask yourself – why would someone want to work here?”

Benchmarking

Segmented by geography and size of agency, and covering fees, salaries, utilisation, income, recovery rates and more, the DBA Annual Survey Report can help you interrogate your ratios and benchmark your financial performance. So, my other recommendation is to participate in the Survey in order to utilise all the data. With the current pressures on design businesses, the Report’s findings are likely to be more valuable than ever to help you maintain your competitiveness in the market. 

The 2022 Survey is currently open for completion until Monday 13 June. 

By participating in the survey, you gain access to the full set of results (both through a pdf report and online dynamic data tables) in the 2022 Annual Survey Report, released in October. Full access to this data is only available to survey participants. 

DBA members have recently received details on how to participate. If you have any questions, please get in touch: adam.fennelow@dba.org.uk

If you are not yet a DBA member, find out about the many benefits of DBA membership and join to gain access to the Annual Survey Report. 

Further resources:

Balance the pressures your design business may be facing: read DBA Expert Sim Thirunesan’s article The Balancing Act

 

Managing People | DBA online learning workshop | 21 & 23 June 2022 | 10.00-12.00 | More details and book 

 

At a recent Members’ Forum we discussed challenges and recommendations around recruiting, developing and retaining staff: read up on the conversation highlights

 

Members – post your vacancies on our jobs board for free, and receive a complimentary shout-out on the DBA’s social channels. More info

About: Adam Fennelow

Adam is the Head of Services at the DBA

Adam regularly speaks with design businesses about issues they are facing and how to overcome them. If you are a DBA member who would like to talk through your challenges, or if you are interested in becoming a member, you can schedule some time with Adam here.

adam.fennelow@dba.org.uk

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  • We discussed the challenges we’re facing recruiting the talent we need for our businesses:
  • One member shared that hybrid/remote working has opened up the talent pool outside of their geographical area, but along with that has come higher demands on salaries. Watch out for cost creep.
  • The point was made that we can get lazy in recruitment. We were warned about using old habits in new markets as they just won’t work. Get excited about recruiting and get creative if you want to secure the best talent. Move quickly.
  • Another member revealed how recruiting 5 graduates at once has injected a new energy into the business. Processes around onboarding have been reviewed and new ways of working have been implemented and well received.
  • Another member shared their experience of bringing on younger, more junior staff, in roles such as client servicing where there is an expectation you will learn on the job – this is leading them to put more pressure on the team to come back into the office more regularly. 
  • There was a discussion around financial incentives for team members who recommend people or friends who then secure a role within their agency. Reward your team like you would a recruiter.
  • One member had seen success in having a “tribe” day, a day when everyone is in the studio. Thought was given to what studio days were really for and how this is communicated to the team to ensure everyone attends. They aim to get the majority of the team being happy. Don’t let one individual dictate the policies for all.
  • High-Stakes Leadership Mentor, Sally Henderson shared some recommendations on how to create a positive recruitment experience, starting with taking a critical eye to your job specs and injecting some creativity into your processes. She also offered some food for thought on how a positive mindset can help when it comes to recruitment. There’s a great Five Word Reveal Tool you can use to make positive change through fast emotional insight. Change your attitude as a leader and your teams will sense it.

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