Slump in design standards spark calls for industry kite mark

A warning that the UK design industry is under threat from inconsistent quality control has been issued at the London Design Festival, prompting demands for an industry kite mark to uphold standards.

Fearing a diminution in status brought on by a spate of self-employed bedroom ‘designers’ entering the market a white paper argues that the time is now nigh for a ‘single, iconic design quality mark’.

Quality by Design, produced by MBC Group, warns that there are currently no consistent standards in place, opening the door to anyone wishing to set themselves up as a designer with no training, qualifications or experience.

MBC Group founder Robin Horrex said: “Being a designer is much more than simply being able to use the latest computer software. We want to see a set of UK recognised standards which enable people in the industry to show off their credentials. 

“It also means that when clients look for designers in the UK they will be working with professionals who do not undercut or devalue this reputation.”

The white paper has already met with approval from the Design Council, with its CEO John Mathers remarking: “Advances in technology are making it easier and easier for almost anyone to claim to have design skills and it is vital to uphold standards. The ‘Quality by Design’ white paper has prompted a debate on how we can uphold standards for the benefit of the UK and the design industry.”

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