In corona-time designer’s trade organizations across the globe do whatever they can to help their members to survive the crisis. Everywhere tons of tips and advice are given for designers to cope with the challenges of this extraordinary period.
We were triggered by the dedicated page the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO) published on its with all the information on available financial support from the government and how to get it. There are corona related FAQ’s, news and articles and for instance, a link to the for (paid) design solutions for the specific challenges the healthcare system is facing today.
Webinar and weekly journal
How do other trade organizations throughout the world do this, we asked ourselves. In the UK the runs a free webinar every Friday at 1 pm to directly support design businesses through the coronavirus pandemic. The live webinars are open to anyone running a design business. . Last week’s webinar can be seen here: .
Deborah Dawton, Chief Executive, Design Business Association
UK’s started last week with a weekly journal to share our reflections from the coronavirus outbreak. The , published on 25 March, has short contributions from DC-employees who temporarily have new assignments as program managers on ‘localism’, ‘running remote events’ and ‘isolation’.
The British Institute of Interior Designers (BIID) also published a for interior designers to cope with the crisis. There are suggestions for suitable video conferencing apps, guidance for employers to look after their employees and links to financial and other government support.
Design Guide to Self-isolation
In the US the , the Professional Association for Design, compiled a super inspiring page for quarantined designers: . ‘From our respective home offices, we’ve been scanning the web over the past few days to collect tips and resources for designers, illustrators, and self-employed creatives during the COVID-19 outbreak’, the intro starts off. ‘While it’s a scary time, it’s also heartening to see so many projects, initiatives, Zoom meet-ups, and open-source Google docs organized by the design community to keep spirits high and money flowing.’
The page has tips on how to support freelance artists, small presses, booksellers, small type foundries, on how to find jobs and save money, on how to collaborate at a distance, how to teach yourself new skills or how to entertain yourself.
Among the tips the idea that you can support local bars and restaurants by designing merchandise for them, like sweaters or t-shirts. Or join the collaborative platform . Or donate your home computer’s down-time to COVID-19 research by downloading and running crowdsourced distributed computing platform .
The list is extensive, surprising, stimulating and is constantly updated as everyone is invited to add their own tips to an . A pure demonstration of the inventiveness and resilience of the designer’s profession.
If you have more tips on how trade organizations around the world are trying to help out, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org