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News: DBA Design Effectiveness Awards

Important news from the DBA regarding the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards. The new entry deadline is on 30 November 2018.

Why the change?

Since 1989 the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards has spearheaded the case for design’s transformative impact on business, public services and people’s lives.

In 1989 Margaret Thatcher was still prime minister, the world celebrated the toppling of the Berlin Wall, and Apple released its first ‘portable’ Macintosh computer. A lot has changed since then, not just in the wider world, but design’s role in business too.

And that’s why – for its 30th anniversary year – we’re revamping the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards to be fully reflective of design’s changing dynamic and increasingly integral role at the heart of business.

Whether you’re a seasoned entrant to the Design Effectiveness Awards or a first-timer, we’d like to invite you to join us for the ride, to deliver the biggest celebration yet of the power of design. It’s your work and its impact that will enable us all, as an industry, to demonstrate the true reach and capabilities of design; to irrefutably prove to Business and Government why design is a critical strategic and economic asset.

The November entry deadline gives you even more time to get the ball rolling talking to your team, clients and collaborators about the effective work you could enter. The Call for Entries will be launched on 10 September 2018 and the new entry pack – overhauled for this year – will have all the information you’ll need to collate your submissions in line with the changes mentioned above.

Key dates for your diary:
10 September 2018: Call for Entries launch
30 November 2018: Entry deadline
April 2019: Shortlist announced
June 2019: 30th anniversary DBA Design Effectiveness Awards ceremony

We’re very excited by the changes afoot and the opportunity they’ll provide to evidence the transformative power of design and grow design’s role in business.

If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact us via or 0207 251 9229. You can also keep up to date with news via our Design Effectiveness Awards mailing list.

About: DBA Design Effectiveness Awards

The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards recognise impactful, wide-ranging examples of design that have had a tangible and measurable impact upon business success.

Judged by business leaders and entered jointly by client and designer, the Awards draw focus onto design’s strategic and commercial value to business. They celebrate what’s possible when the best brains from design and business come together in true partnership and provide powerful evidence that design thinking combined with business acuity can bring about the right conditions for business transformation to occur.

View the 2018 winners at the Design Effectiveness Awards website.


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