Championing Design Effectiveness

Championing effective design and supporting your business to be more effective is fundamental to everything we do.

From measuring success to sharing excellence and best practice, we work to build universal confidence in design investment, and to enable thriving partnerships between those commissioning and managing design and the agencies delivering it.

The DBA sets the standard for quantifying the value of design and in celebrating its transformative impact on business, public services and people’s lives. Nowhere is the quality and effectiveness of the industry’s offer more evident than across the case studies recognised in the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards.

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DBA News & Views

Here we talk all things design effectiveness, and everything in between – from insights that help strengthen the authority of the arguments for design and empower our industry to achieve change together, to the latest industry trends and updates. Drop back regularly for a browse of the latest articles.

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Brexit: IP and employment law ramifications

How might intellectual property rights and employment laws be affected post Brexit? Are there precautions you should be taking now to prepare?


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Brexit: opportunities, positivity, pro-activity

Industry experts share pro-active, actionable advice for the design sector, along with opportunities to thrive in these extraordinary times.


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Deep breath, then move forwards

There has been a lot written on Brexit so I was tempted to avoid the subject for this month’s blog, but it is too big an issue to ignore, so here goes... Within the DBA membership a large majority were in favour of remaining in the EU, and in the creative industries as a whole the proportion of “remainers” was even higher. But the cards have been dealt and regardless of which side of the fence you sat, we all now have to look to the positives going forward. Fixating on the result itself will reduce the ability of the UK to negotiate the best possible result for the country. So what to do now?



EU referendum vote: the industry’s strengths remain

One week on from the EU referendum result, the impact continues to reverberate following the vote to leave. Read the DBA's statement on the EU referendum result.


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Brexit: members vote

How are DBA members' intending to vote in the EU referendum? And how does this compare to the voting intention of others across the breadth of the arts and creative industries?



Design Effectiveness Awards judges

The business leaders judging the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards have been announced.


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Succession planning: future exits

Even if you have no intention of exiting your business anytime soon, have you thought about its future beyond your involvement? Could it operate without you? The DBA's Adam Fennelow explores succession planning, and why starting early is key.


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Europe news: Driving the profile of design at European level

DBA CEO Deborah Dawton has been reappointed to the Board of the Bureau of European Design Associations for a further two year term.


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Where does your trophy live?

We asked previous winners to show us where they display their awards, and why they are of such value to their business.



Back in time: Dave the Goliath

Few could have predicted the run-away success of Dave, a small digital channel that transformed into an iconic brand. Go back in time and read more about our 2008 Grand Prix winner - a brand that's going fom strength to strength.



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