Who are they?A governing body is an authority that sets standards and regulations for a given field. There are several key professional bodies that exist within the design world:
D&AD Is a source of information and ideas: of professional development, support and inspiration, interesting people to talk to and nice things to look at. D&AD exists to inform, educate and inspire those who work in and around the creative industries.
YCN YCN produces design, branding, advertising and products for its own projects and on behalf of clients. They represent illustrators, animation directors and other creative practitioners - promoting their work and facilitating commissions.
AOI The Association of Illustrators was established to advance and protect illustrator's rights and encourage professional standards. They are a non-profit making trade association dedicated to its members' professional interests and the promotion of illustration. Arts Council Arts Council works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people's lives. They support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts. AIGA The professional association for design, is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. AIGA have a student section on their site which includes invaluable tools, practical advice, fresh inspiration and also offers the chance to network with lead designer from around the world. Why are they needed? Governing bodies are required to protect the rights of designers and enforce professional standards. In other professions, practitioners are required to be qualified before they are allowed to work professionally. So far in the design industry, there is no standard rate or charge for design work. From the point of view of design buyers and clients there is no standardisation of quality. Governing bodies are needed to enforce a minimum level of quality and professionalism among designers.