Business skills for designers


The DBS is a place for designers to learn how to run a small business.

Designers are – often by default – small business operators. Problem is, successfully managing a small business requires skills not often taught at uni. That’s where the DBS can help.

We de-mystify the business of design.


We’ve all left a PD day full of hope and energy only to have it dissipate when the demands of real life kicks in.

So we’ve designed programs to make learnings stick. They’re full of practical content that is useful every day. Better still, you don’t need to leave the studio to learn. You can do the courses online using your studio and your client’s as case studies.

You can learn at your pace, in your time but you’re not alone. We present the program content and then work alongside you as you complete units. We’re available  online throughout the program(s) to help you get through the sticky bits and review the learnings at the end. That way we can make sure you get what you need from the content.

We guarantee, when you leave,  you’ll leave with a better performing, sustainable design practice.

“Greg worked with the 15 studios from the 121 Creative network to mentor and guide the studio owners to develop a clear plan to grow their design businesses. He provided critical insight into how they could more effectively value and price design.  Greg has a wealth of information and is clearly a leader in his field. His knowledge of the Australian design marketplace is invaluable. I would recommend Greg to studios across Australia who are looking to grow their businesses.”

Sarah Emms, Ex General Manager of 121 Creative Australia


The Business of Design Leadership Program is leadership program that develops a management team in your studio. It involves the whole studio in an online program of mentoring and workshops.


The Design Studio Management Program is a fast-track to the management skills needed to run a design studio. It’s perfect for designers wanting to move to management or start their own business.


Our ebooks are short, sharp and practical deep-dives into specific subjects. Topics we know from experience running our own studio, and mentoring, will help designers manage their business better.

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