Why join BIDA?

BIDA is the collective voice of the professional industrial design sector. We promote the interests of members to clients, government and other stakeholders.

BIDA aims to inform policy and help advance members' careers and businesses, promote better design education and practice.

Benefits include regular meetings, advice from peers, collective action on matters of interest, a newsletter and discounts on partner events. 

To help clients and employers identify the best individuals and teams,  applications for BIDA professional and graduate (ProBIDA and GradBIDA) membership are assessed by experienced designers.  

The process

Anyone with an interest in design can apply for affiliate membership.  Simply complete the online application form in the link below and choose a monthly or annual payment method.

Candidates with over 15 years post-graduate work experience can use the same form to apply online for ProBIDA status.  Experienced designers can join without interview, after review by BIDA's membership group.

Applicants for GradBIDA (<5 years experience) and ProBIDA (>5 years experience) should also complete the online form.  You'll initially become affiliate members.  We'llcontact you to arrange an informal presentation of two case studies to a membership group, in person or via Skype.

BIDA uses the UK National Occupational Standard for Industrial Design Practice to identify creativity, problem solving, relevant skills and good practice.   This flexible, inclusive benchmark was developed by BIDA members and UK Creative and Cultural Skills, the government's skill agency.  Criteria are inclusive of all aspects of product, service and interaction design practice, including research, education and management. 

The format is not like a traditional interview.  Everyone has the opportunity to learn from each other's approaches, to network and constructively critique.  We are looking for creativity, empathy, clear communication and above all real innovation and skill in your work.

Groups of members in consultancy, in-house or educational courses (or sole traders) can differentiate and promote their organisation positively with ProTeamBIDA membership.  Team membership unlocks discounts on subscriptions and the whole team can pay as one.

We also enable affiliates to promote organisations offering services to members via organisational affiliate membership.

BIDA Membership

Annual fees are just:

£100 for a graduate (GradBIDA) - under 5 years work experience.

£152 for an professional individual (ProBIDA) - 5+ years work experience

£100 for an affiliate 

£250 + £100 per member of any grade, for groups of members (ProTeamBIDA).  Teams must have at least one ProBIDA member.  ProTeam BIDA members are promoted on the "Find an Industrial Designer" page.    

£250 + £100 per member for groups of members (Affiliate).   This category is ideal organisations that wish to promote their services to BIDA members and the design community.  Affiliate teams can have prominent promotion under the "Partners" section on our homepage.

Choose to setup individual or team payments online, by Direct Debit or as a card payment and BIDA offers a discount.  The payment link is at the bottom of the application form.  Please remember to submit a form for each team member applying to join.   

BIDA is the best way to play a part in the development of your profession, help grow your business, and raise the profile and impact of Industrial Design in the economy.


Click here to download the BIDA membership brochure

Brochure PDF

Application form and payment setup

Click here to download the BIDA membership form - we need one application for each individual joining.

Organisations can pay for a whole team's subscription, or individuals can pay separately.  The payment link is at the end of the form.

Go to application form