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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Government looks to expand creative agency supplier base with input from the DBA and its members

Government looks to expand creative agency supplier base with input from the DBA and its members.


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What Clients Think 2016

The DBA are pleased to support the new What Clients Think 2016 report by Up to the Light. Based on 435 client interviews, these figures reveal a fascinating snapshot of the client viewpoint and provide important pointers for agencies on how they can strengthen their client relationships.



Design Effectiveness Awards Grand Prix winner: GREAT

There can only be one winner of the coveted Design Effectiveness Grand Prix, and this year it was presented to HM Government and Radley Yeldar for the GREAT Britain Campaign which has delivered over £1billion direct return to the UK economy.



Design is competitive advantage

Providing the proof that design creates competitive advantage, HM Government, Virgin Media, Diageo, LOVE, Williams Murray Hamm and Factorydesign were amongst the 61 winning client and agency partnerships at the 2016 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards ceremony last week.



DBA celebrates design that delivers for business – Design Effectiveness Awards 2016: Winners Announced

61 agency and client partnerships have been presented with trophies at the 2016 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards ceremony at London’s Tobacco Dock. Check out the Bronze, Silver and Gold award winning entries.


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Relationship Radar Pulse® – New client relationship auditing service developed exclusively for DBA members Details

How effectively do you manage your client relationships? Relationship Radar Pulse® has been developed for DBA members to give a regular snapshot of the health of client relationships allowing you to quickly identify issues and resolve problems before they escalate.



Creative Industries Federation celebrates first anniversary

At the Creative Industries Federation’s first anniversary celebration this month, Chancellor George Osborne hailed the value of the creative industries and endorsed the importance of public investment.


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Pricing: an art or a science?

In reality, pricing is a combination of confidence and fact. Getting it right is critical to the health and profitability of your business. Allison McSparron-Edwards shares how taking a good look at the behaviour of your agency, you can better understand the value of your work and what price to charge.


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How to punch above your weight

'How to punch above your weight’ lies partly in playing the big agencies at their own game and trying to match them, where and when appropriate, and partly in accentuating your differences. Jonathan Kirk shares his top ten tips on how you can 'punch above your weight'.



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