We help designers build their business capabilities.

We do that in five ways.

We research

We research new ways for creative businesses to work, and do business. While you’re working in your business, we’re looking further afield, at how other people, in other fields, manage their business. We translate this research in our design business coaching and mentoring.

In 2018-19 we researched design maturity in Australian businesses. The result was the inaugural Design Business Council Design Maturity Report. Read more…

We write.

In 2013 we published a book The Business of Design, still the only book available about starting, managing and growing an Australian design studio.

We’ve written a Financial handbook for designers, and a package to ease the strain of Design Work Experience.

And we share free content via a weekly newsletter here, and via LinkedIn. Read more…

We network.

We build design communities.

We run monthly networking breakfasts for designers in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth to discuss the business of design.

At the other end of the day we run UNseminars – forums to discuss the difficult challenges of running a design practice. Read more.

We mentor.

We mentor design studio owners on an as-needed basis to build their capabilities. We talk about specific issues, or offer independent third-party advice.

And we run a one-on-one monthly Chair Program for studios needing regular meetings to help manage, change or grow their practice. Read more…

We teach.

We have courses online, we run workshops inhouse and we speak publicly about the business of design.

Added to that, we founded a Design Business School – a business school for designers where the content is written specifically for Australian designers by Australian design practitioners. Read more…

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