Finding a designer

When you employ the services of a designer, you should view it as an investment. To achieve the best return on that investment, you should plan the selection process and project management like any other aspect of your business.

In this section, you can find information on:

  • The different types of design business
  • Selecting the right designer
  • Creating a brief

Organisation of the design business

We use the term designer to cover all situations where an individual or a team of designers may be required for a design project. The section “Design disciplines” explains the different skills and services available from different types of designer.

Designers work in a number of different ways:

  • Self-employed individuals
  • Groups of individual designers working together on a freelance basis
  • Design consultancies owned by and employing teams of designers

Size of business is no indicator of the quality or range of services available from designers. Design businesses are generally small - it is part of their culture - and most architectural practices are fewer than 5 people. Many self-employed individuals or designers in small practices have previously worked on major national and international campaigns in larger companies. They offer the benefit of high levels of expertise and experience and direct contact throughout a project.