Get Ready For R&D

Get Design Ready

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Our Get Design Ready tool will help you understand the key elements of good design and how to utilise it for better business. The tool is aimed at all businesses in Northern Ireland.

There will be a maximum of 9 questions which will take around 5 minutes to complete after which we will email you your personalised report. This report will give you advice on the stages of design, and identify the support and funding streams available to your business. Be realistic in your answers. Please do not use your browser ‘back’ button to return to or edit a previous page as you will be brought back to the start of the tool, and your answers will not be saved.

Design impacts nearly every aspect of business - from packaging and marketing, to websites and products.

Whether you’re new to design or interested in doing more, find out how great design can increase customer satisfaction, grow profits, and make you stand out from competitors.

So, let's get started.

Go to Question 1

Do you have a business in Northern Ireland?
In order to access the support available for design projects, you need to have a business located in Northern Ireland. If you have not set up your business, we can provide you with information on how to do so and how you can use design to grow your business, once it is up and running.
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Rate the following design areas in terms of how relevant they are to your business?
1 = Most relevant and 6 = Least relevant.
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Select the statement that most applies to your business at present? You can only select one statement.
Design should be a core element of your business strategy. It is therefore important to understand the importance of design and what stage of the design journey you are currently at.
I don’t usually think about design.
I do think about design but only in terms of how things look such as shapes, styles and aesthetics.
Design is integrated into the product or service development process of my business.
Design is an integral part of my business strategy.
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How well do you understand the design process? You can only select one statement.
The design process should be managed like any other business process. Coordinating the insights from designers, managers and employees in relation to the project ensures that your use of design delivers the outcomes you require at the cost you have budgeted.
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Have you ever carried out a design audit for your business?
There may be opportunities to use design to make your business more efficient. It’s a good idea to conduct a design audit to look at how design can impact on the key areas of your business such as your brand, product or service, work practices and customer communication.
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I don't know what that is, but tell me more.
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Have you ever worked with, or plan to work with, a design agency or design manager?
A professional design agency or design manager may strengthen your competitive advantage by helping to modify your products, brand or the processes behind your services, and ensure you focus on your customers’ needs.
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Have you ever written a design brief?
A design brief allows you to provide information to help the design agency to come up with specific, workable solutions for you. The more information you give them, the better the results they can produce for your business.
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I don't know what that is, but tell me more.
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Have you considered protecting your designs?
Intellectual property, including design, is a valuable business asset and knowing how to protect it can be critical to your business success. Depending on the type of design you create, your work may be eligible for protection under copyright, trade mark or design right legislation.
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I don't know what that is, but tell me more.
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As the economic development agency for Northern Ireland, Invest NI can help you develop new products and services, access practical support and discover the best funding streams available. Based on your responses, you may qualify for additional support for your design project, providing you meet certain criteria, such as your current volume of sales outside of Northern Ireland.
Would you like Invest NI to contact you to discuss your design requirements?
No, I would just like my personalised report emailed to me.
Yes, I would like my personalised report emailed to me and for a member of Invest NI’s Business Support Team to contact me.
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