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Advice for design commissioners: how to buy design

Finding the right design agency can be a minefield.

Working alongside the DBA Directory, we have developed a best practice guide to help you find the right agency, and work towards an effective design solution.

In this section you will find a step-by-step series of guides to support the process at every step of the way. Follow the process laid out below, and download the relevant guide for each stage – starting with "Getting started" to ensure you have everything in place to kickstart the process. 

Simply click the corresponding section on the right to download the in-depth how-to guide for each step.

Search the DBA Directory to find the right design agency for you. The directory contains the same level of information on each DBA member agency as a request for information or Pre-qualification questionnaire.

To obtain the same level of information that appears in the DBA Directory non-DBA members can downloaded a request form here. This is a MS Word document so your branding can be added. Once you have a completed form you will be able to compare their responses with those of your chosen set from the DBA Directory. 

If you would like further help with finding and working with a design agency please contact the DBA on +44 (0)20 7251 9229 or membership@dba.org.uk

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