Connecting the design industry commercially and creatively
BuyDesign is a platform created specifically for designers and business professionals. A place for designers, brands, retailers, and manufacturers to connect, create and collaborate.
Discover and develop original ideas with tools that support efficiency throughout the design development process.
A dedicated space to discover, brief, receive pitches and license original ideas from vetted international designers
Explore original design
Gain access to our diverse, international network of designers, whose furniture, lighting, pattern and illustration, and industrial designs are waiting for you to discover with the BuyDesign marketplace.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for inside the marketplace of original ideas or love a designer’s profile and previous work, add them to your favourite designers list in your studio and brief them directly. Manage briefs and open calls through your studio, choose who you collaborate with or invite a designer to join you and develop long-standing creative relationships.
Create and share moodboards
Inside your studio tab, you can add original product ideas, from the marketplace, directly to your mood board. Create multiple boards, share with your colleagues, and review products together.
Receive direct proposals
Many companies receive hundreds of unsolicited emails from designers, which need to be replied to for courtesy and legal reasons. No more sifting through stacks of PDF proposals or losing ideas in your inbox. View, manage, and respond to designers’ direct proposals quickly and efficiently with a pre-filled auto message or add a personal note, safe in the knowledge you have replied. Which affirms you have viewed and responded, forming good business practice.
Streamline your admin
Create and save multiple agreements and T&Cs. Attach these to products you buy with a license agreement or buy original designs outright with a one-off payment. Manage your products, agreements, terms and conditions, invoices and payments all in one place.
Upload original ideas, respond to briefs, pitch your ideas to a vetted global business audience
Propose direct to companies
Upload your original design
Add original product ideas from your archive or new ideas to your profile for businesses to view on the marketplace. We only require one image, the cover image to follow the BuyDesign guidelines.
Receive briefs directly from companies, and create proposals to respond to open calls. Discuss with the buyer using the chat/messaging tool, and exchange files, ideas and thoughts to build long-standing partnerships.
Protect your work
Your work is protected. Other designers can not view your work. Only registered and vetted buyers can see your work. We use proven technology to provide a layer of protection by recording who views your ideas and when. When you upload we will record the date and time, we can also see how many views your work has had, and track some additional data such as if your work has been added to a buyer’s mood board for example.
This helps to protect your work and if there is any infringement in the future we can provide you with this data. This can help you litigate any IP infringements. Additionally, you can hide your designs on the platform and re-activate them at a later stage, withdraw or cancel your pitches and open calls, your profile and work are private, and you have full control.
Connect to industry
Networking is tough. So we’ve streamlined the process, allowing you to browse our expanding network of industry-leading global brands, retailers, and manufacturers. You can propose, and pitch ideas directly and have access to the full list and profiles of the companies on BuyDesign. You can rest assured your work is going to the right place.
Keep track of your admin
All T&Cs and agreements are negotiated and signed between you and the buyer. You will have visibility of agreements and payment terms the buyers are proposing before you commit to either a licensing agreement, to receive royalties, or as a one-off fee. If you sell a product, or are due royalties, we’ll the payment to your bank account. You can track when you’ll receive each payment in your Stripe dashboard, which you can access through your BuyDesign account.
Discover designers work
Good design is now a key attribute in the industry for both leading and traditional brands.
BuyDesign aims to support and transform the industry including many of the traditional, large-scale mid and low-budget brands, manufacturers and retailers, not just the design leading brands, by enabling access to high-quality designs from talented designers on our platform.
We are excited to announce that Daniel Gava has joined BuyDesign as an Advisory Board Member.
With over 25 years of experience in the international design industry, Daniel Gava is currently a Board Advisor for Poltrona Frau UK, Ambassador of the London School of Architecture and Design Patron of the Design Museum London.
Current and past collaborations include among others Arper, Minotti, Moroso, Virgin Galactic, architect and designer Michele De Lucchi, Magis and the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK.
Pitch your designs
directly to companies
Designers — No more proposals getting lost at the back of a generic inbox. You can pitch designs directly to companies on BuyDesign and, be sure your work is seen.
Register and get pitching straight away.
Buyers – View, manage, accept or decline designers’ direct proposals quickly and efficiently by responding with editable auto replies for courtesy and legal reasons.
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Our founder Theo Williams has been collaborating with Designs in Mind for some years and now BuyDesign has partnered with Designs in Mind to bring projects with purpose to the centre of the design industry.
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