If you look at some of the stuff that goes out to tender, it can be rather scary. I’ve seen many local government contracts that are complete catch-alls, which include design, print, Web design and management, photocopying – and lots of it.
I’m sure there are companies who would lap up this sort of stuff, but probably not too many small consultancies which could provide a great service delivering the creative front end.
And then there’s the question of contracts that many of us recognise as a waste of public-sector money but are hard to turn down… and the constantly changing brief from a department that doesn’t have the knowledge or experience to manage a design brief (not necessarily their fault). Some of us pride ourselves on challenging a brief, even rewriting it before starting, but this is never easy with a new client – especially when it reaches the point where we should be saying, ’You shouldn’t be doing this’.
I hope these are among the issues being addressed by the Associate Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group’s report.