Design Effectiveness Award Win

We have won an international award with the Design Business Association for our work for Newcastle Carers. These awards are judged on data-driven, evidence-based, effective design.

Our work for Newcastle Carers, WeCareToo has won a DBA Design Effectiveness Award.

These awards are judged on data-driven, evidence-based, effective design. They are not just about visuals. The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards provide powerful evidence of design’s ability to influence business success. The winners prove that an investment in design is an investment in the future of a business.

This year’s shortlist powerfully demonstrates the integral role design plays in transforming businesses, improving societies and enhancing people’s lives. We are beyond excited, are humbled to be listed alongside global agencies and find out if we have won Bronze, Silver, Gold or the coveted Grand Prix on 15 June.

We Care Too is a multi-platform campaign created with Young Adult Carers. Our design solution was built on the raw, honest testimony of young people sacrificing their formative years to care for others. Through the co-creation process we pride ourselves on; we worked closely with 20 Young Adult Carers and discovered that a common theme was they often feel their identity is consumed by their caring responsibilities. Their uniqueness, passions and interests are overshadowed by their role as carers. We wanted to capture this within the campaign; to raise awareness of the breadth of the role, and to be relevant and relatable to the target audience. We worked closely with the group who made the key decisions, created the scripts, and worked with us to design storyboards; all of which, helped the group to explore their feelings and test how they could be articulated through a range of design concepts.

Key achievements:

  • Co-created a design solution with 20 young carers
  • Increased referrals to Newcastle Carers by 73%
  • 1,857,283 views of digital and printed billboards
  • Coverage on BBC and ITV local news
  • Strengthened partnerships with Newcastle University, Northumbria University and Newcastle City Council by sharing campaign collateral and promotional space
  • Further funding secured from the NHS to extend the campaign
  • Campaign used to secure funding from Children In Need that enabled Newcastle Carers to provide three additional years of support to young adult carers
  • Influenced local changes that expanded support for young adult carers and put carers at the heart of local decision making about service delivery

Co-creation is an incredibly powerful design tool; it’s everything we stand for. This project and this award has validated the effectiveness of working not for, but with clients and communities. The value of this process can’t be underestimated. Not only does it help us to develop design solutions that actually work, it gives communities a chance to share their experiences and take real ownership. This, alongside strategic, honest and rooted insight brings real-world and commercial impact for organisations.

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