Adam Fennelow, head of services at the Design Business Association (DBA), talks about how focusing on staff development could benefit your business’ revenue.
All the resources you need to do your job in the design industry.
Trainer and coach John Scarrott offers four tips to help you overcome your fear of networking.
Is a pitch just a pitch? DBA membership director John Scarrott identifies seven different versions of the design pitch. Which ones do you recognise?
The DBA’s John Scarrott looks at how design businesses at all stages of development can build their confidence.
Indie publisher Belly Kids has released a rather peculiar activity book filled with mazes, games and puzzles, based on American actor Jeff Goldblum. From Independence Day through to Jurassic Park, the book features a series of mindful activities drawn by various illustrators demonstrating Goldblum’s different roles and appearances. The book is roughly A4 size, 32 […]
French illustrator Lucille Clerc has created a new collection of prints for Outline Editions, which take inspiration from the coming season of Spring. The prints are “filled with fresh foliage, exotic blooms and abundant growth”, says Outline Editions, and aim to brighten up people’s walls “whatever the weather’s doing outside”. The prints also incorporate Pantone’s […]
Consultancy JKR has rebranded footwear brand Butterfly Twists, giving it a new, angular butterfly logo. JKR says it has given the brand a “more minimal, graphic icon” with four “twistable variations”, and the logotype has been updated to a “modern, geometric style”. Alongside the rebrand comes a new packaging design and a new colour palette […]
Taxi Studio has designed limited edition packaging for Carlsberg’s portfolio of beers. Each pack in the collection celebrates a different ingredient found in Carlsberg, including barley, hops and yeast. The packs will be available to buy until September 2017.
Photographer Neil Krug has created the album artwork for Bonobo’s new album, Migration. The image on the album cover shows a column of fire rising up from the sand beneath a deep blue sky, which Krug shot at dawn in the Mojave Desert in the US. Migration is available to buy now.
Ian ‘Swifty’ Swift has designed a new book tracing the history of his work as a graphic designer. The 374-page book reveals aspects of Swift’s design process, showing the evolution of different typefaces and logos he has created, the layouts and mock-ups for various album artworks and magazine spread designs. It also features interviews with […]
Dn&co has worked on the new brand positioning for architectural firm FaulknerBrowns to coincide with its 55th birthday. The update also includes a redesigned website, incorporating black and white photography throughout in order to give it a unified look.
Author and illustrator Steve Bowkett has produced a new book called Archidoodle: An Architect’s Activity Book. Aimed at budding architects and creative thinkers, the book features 75 architectural challenges for the reader to tackle, with briefs including designing an imaginary city and creating a new park for New York. It also includes several examples of […]
Design Bridge has designed seasonal packaging for Lyle’s Golden Syrup to coincide with Pancake Day. The design, which will appear on all tins and squeezy bottles for a three-month stretch, looks to “make it Pancake Day, every day”, according to the consultancy. Features include swapping out the brand name with the phrase “Flippin’ Good Pancakes”, […]
The walls of a new £4.7 million Woolverstone Macmillan Cancer Centre in Suffolk have been livened up with a range of murals, which were commissioned to improve patient wellbeing. The old unit was replaced as it suffered from a lack of space, where privacy and dignity were also issues. Health Consultants Willis Newson worked with […]
Design Week and Workfront are presenting a webinar showing how creative teams can move to agile.
Design Week’s recent Breakfast Briefing session, held in partnership with Workfront, looked at how to set up and manage creative teams.
Barclays digital design director Noel Lyons and AKQA associate creative director Matt Longstaff were quizzed by Design Week editor Angus Montgomery on issues around communication, delegation and agile working.
The DBA’s John Scarrott offers advice on how to build personal relationships with your network and win more work.
Coach and consultancy Adrian Wheeler looks at why design businesses should seek external advice when trying to create their own branding.
This week, the Creative Industries Federation has released Creative Industries – Routes to Finance: a guide that aims to help arts and creative businesses find funding.
While it looks at expansion of big ventures such as museums and galleries, it also focuses on how small businesses can gain investment beyond the traditional sources of bank loans or private capital.
We’ve highlighted six key ways to fund your design business.
SomeOne’s Simon Manchipp looks at the mistakes consultancies make and how design business can hold on to clients long-term.
Tom Webster of The Future Factory looks at some of the best consultancy websites around and highlights what makes them successful.
The DBA’s John Scarrott looks at how one design business’s desire for change led to it to seek outside help.
The four-week course features insights from Sir Alan Parker, Gary Hoff and Peter Souter.
Could rebranding and restructuring lead to your in-house creative team being taken more seriously?
The DBA’s John Scarrott takes a lesson from BBC’s The Apprentice and looks at how too much passion in a pitch could lead to a downfall.
Do you have ambitions to be an engaging public speaker? The DBA’s John Scarrott presents nine ideas could speed your journey: books to read, things to listen to, what to watch and where to go.
The DBA’s John Scarrott looks at how one consultancy now gets 80% of its new business directly from speaking at conferences.
The DBA’s John Scarrott looks at the best reads for designers who want to sell better – but cringe at the word “sales”…
Up to the Light founder Jonathan Kirk looks at how design businesses should create their self-promotional videos and looks at some good (and bad) examples.
The DBA’s John Scarrott says the pitch process could be the worst possible time to start conversations with potential clients and suggests alternative routes.