Tribe-People is delighted to announce that it has become a supporter of the Design Business Association (DBA).

As the trade organisation for the UK design industry, the DBA places great emphasis on promoting high standards and best practice within the creative industry.

By becoming an official sponsor of the DBA, Tribe-People is demonstrating it’s commitment to helping the design industry find talented creative staff.

Tribe-People fully support all the good work that the DBA does, to build awareness of the key issues and problems facing the design industry.

The opportunity to network and learn more about issues facing the industry, share best practice and learn from interacting with a wide variety of agencies, both large and small, will help Tribe-People to provide a more improved service to it’s clients and candidates.

“The DBA are delighted to welcome Tribe-People as a DBA supporter. Supporters are an important part of the DBA community. They carry with them a level of understanding and expertise, gained through their knowledge of both their own specific area and the concerns and priorities of the design businesses they serve. We are pleased to have Tribe-People join as a supporter and look forward to a mutually productive relationship going forward.”

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We asked for some top tips for those looking to break into the design industry.


‘Rather than give advice I’d tell them what I did upon graduating.


• Found any junior designer role at a decent London studio
• Used living in London as a way of being closer to the studio I really wanted to work for
• Repeatedly contacted the ‘dream’ studio by:
– Calling them to say hi
– Hand-delivering press clippings of their work when it appeared in Design Week (there was no email)
– Just so happening to drink in their local pub and ‘bump’ into them

Within three months of me being in London they needed a junior designer and I had put myself in the right place for consideration. Either that or they thought they couldn’t get rid of me so they might as well employ me. I left my first job and went to work for them for three fantastic years before founding 1977 Design. And no, I’m not saying which is my local pub.’

Paul Bailey, partner, 1977 Design


‘Start early. While still in our second year at Goldsmiths in between internships (which are also invaluable) my colleagues and myself won opportunity to exhibit an installation for free during London Design Week by entering competitions online. This gave us some really good exposure and laid the foundation for us to continue working both together and independently on projects today. It was also a really good opportunity for us to start building a network of contacts that we still work with today.’

Chris Waggott, multidisciplinery designer


‘In the words of Anthony Burrill, “Work Hard And Be Nice To People”. It’s what makes the difference.’

Nick Couch, founder, Deskcamping


’The graduates of 2013 are fortunate to be stretching their wings in a year (backed up by the DW Top 100 survey) that finds the design sector genuinely bullish and more confident than it has been for many a year. This, combined with a fantastic display of talent at this year’s degree shows, and certainly backed up by winners of our very own DB awards, means 2013 could be a bit of a vintage year. My advice to our industry’s new blood is to really seize this moment, and go for it. Keep the momentum and energy up that has gone into your degree show and contact away. Realise this is a highly competitive world. Thoroughly research into the agencies you admire, not just creative output but culture and philosophy, don’t just turn up with your folder knowing little about the company. An inspiring presentation of your best work is key, but show us your sketchbooks and talk through your insights and creative sparks that got you to the final piece. You will be judged not only on your work ,but your attitude and keenness to listen and learn. We will all be investing time and effort into coaching and helping you to grow. If you do manage to get a foot in the door, remember the ancient craft of tea making is still vitally important!’

Graham Shearsby, group creative director, Design Bridge


’Enter every competition you can, and apply to exhibit your stuff at all the shows – New Blood, New Designers, etc. Those are the shows that can get you clients, and kick start your design career. Make the most from the contacts you make. Cultivate them, and build relationships. Always be friendly, and don’t sit on your arse waiting for things to happen – you have to create your own opportunities.’

Zaha Hadid buys The Design Museum

Posted by | July 16, 2013 | blog

The Design Museum’s current Shad Thames home

It is understood that the building will be used to store Hadid’s archive, as well as hosting architectural exhibitions.

The Design Museum will move from Shad Thames to its new home at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street, west London, in late 2015.

The Conran Foundation, which paid for the museum’s original design and construction, owns the Shad Thames Lease, and the proceeds of the site’s sale will be used towards the new museum’s construction.

Design Museum view

A visualisation of the Design Museum’s new Commonwealth Institute home

Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, says, ‘Whilst we are sad to be leaving Shad Thames we are leaving the building in the best possible hands, the sale is a significant moment in the museum’s relocation plans and a substantial contribution towards our new home.’

Zaha Hadid says, ‘This important acquisition of the Shad Thames site will preserve its significance and we look forward to the future use and occupation of the building.’

Design Week Survey

Posted by | July 4, 2013 | blog

The design industry and the wider economy may have changed significantly since we last ran a Top 100 consultancies survey in 2011, but there is one major theme that seems to remain – some very impressive growth figures across all design sectors.

The consultancies returning to the Top 100 – of which there were 63 – posted an average fee income growth of 30 per cent over the two years. This is boosted by some spectacular individual results. Design Bridge, Pearlfisher, 20.20 and Taxi Studio all saw fee-income grow by more than 100 per cent in the period, while packaging specialist Equator Design saw a jaw-dropping 294 per cent growth, taking it to number 12 in the table up from 64.

Equator’s growth is due to a merger in May 2012 with Manchester-based GJ Creative, to form a specialist packaging company under the Equator banner. The unified company, which has offices in the UK, Ireland, the USA and Australia, counts Aldi, The Co-operative Group and Morrisons among its clients.

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GOV.UK Design of the Year 2013

Posted by | February 20, 2013 | blog

Being in the business of championing design, we at the Design Council love inspiring examples and this year’s Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum provides a real cornucopia.

Curated by Pete Collard, the exhibition shows the immense diversity of current practice – from visual identities to folding wheelchair wheels to cunning ways to deliver international aid. It illustrates that the practical creativity of design finds ways to reinvent the world around us – to make life better in myriad ways.

But the design deemed best in show, the winner of the accolade ‘design of the year’, is something that many had given up all hope of reinventing: the UK government’s approach to information technology.

How many billions of pounds have been wasted in the government’s procurement of unusable IT systems? You really don’t want to know.

So the fact that a team has finally found the formula of success, a formula that is better, faster and cheaper than most private sector companies’ efforts, is something to be shouted from the rooftops.

And at the heart of the formula is great design.

Naming their early efforts ‘alphagov’ you might mistake them for some hoxton-based bunch of cockney start-up geezers. But you’d be wrong. These are the coolest bunch of civil servants that you are likely to meet (remembering, folks, that James Bond is fictional).

The Government Digital Service is a team that uses digital technology, user-centred design and organisational change to be a powerful force of innovation. It will deliverbetter services but also will transform organisational structures. It might even help to change our relationship with government.

It should be noted that there is a long way to go yet. Just as their champion, Martha Lane Fox, created in the first wave of UK-based Internet start-ups, so we should see this as just the first success in the massive job of transforming government.

But for now, heartfelt congratulations to Mike BrackenBen Terrett and all at the Government Digital Service not only for an amazing achievement of digital service design but in so doing, showing that design can be taken seriously as an integral part of significant change.