Why join BIDA?

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.

BIDA is the collective voice of the professional industrial design sector. We promote the interests of members to clients, government and other stakeholders.  Collectively we aim to inform policy and help advance members' careers and businesses, promote better design education and practice.  

The process

Any individual or team of individuals with an interest in design can apply and pay for for affiliate membership online today, using the application form.

Designers can then upgrade to BIDA professional or graduate (ProBIDA and GradBIDA) memberships.  

If you have over 15 years post-graduate industrial design experience, your online application form will automatically be reviewed by BIDA's membership group.

Applicants for GradBIDA (<5 years experience) and ProBIDA (5 to 15 years experience)  initially become affiliate members.  We'll arrange an informal presentation of two case studies to a membership group, in person or via Skype.

Groups of members in consultancy, in-house or educational courses (or sole traders) can promote their organisations on the FInd an Industral Design Team page.  Pro BIDA teams must be led by a ProBIDA member.  Teams are listed in order of the number of BIDA members in the organisation.    

Affiliates members can promote organisations offering services to members on the BIDA Partners page, by joining as affiliate teams.

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

BIDA Membership

Annual fees are:

£96 for a graduate (GradBIDA) - under 5 years working design experience.

£156 for an professional individual (ProBIDA) - 5+ years design work experience.

£120 for an affiliate - with an interest in design.

£336 for a ProTeamBIDA or Affiliate team, including one member.  Each additional member costs an additional £96.  If your team has more than 9 members please contact us for special rates.

ProTeamBIDA) teams must have at least one ProBIDA member.  ProTeam BIDA groups are promoted on the Find an Industrial Design Team page, in order of team size.    

Affiliate teams benefit form prominent promotion on the BIDA Partners page.

Please choose the membership category that best suits you or your team.  If in any doubt, choose affiliate.  You can upgrade later if you are qualified to do so - uit's a quick, simple process.

Pay online by Direct Debit or as a card payment.  The link is in the application form.  Please submit a form for each team member applying to join.  


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.

Go to application form