How can we help?

Most of us here at the Design Community are working remotely.

Some of us are taking days off to help family. 

We will though respond sooner than you think!

about us.

The Design Community (aka DC) was born as an alternative to the design monopolies that are fighting more and more aggressively for our time & attention.

DC creates opportunities that respect you. Opportunities that empower you to be your best self.

A community intentionally designed to be used as you see fit.

Things that serve you, not the other way around.


DC was founded by Candice Ruckstuhl, a Service Designer/Researcher and Alan Williams, a Service Designer/User Experience Designer/Business Analyst/Software Engineer, who both foster the entrepreneurial creative spirit. They were encouraged to create DC after realising the fading of the creativity in today's make-it-cool-and-ship-it-now culture. It became obvious that the last thing the world needed was another design agency or consulting fraternity fighting for attention. The interests and nature of these we-can-do-that-too-generalist institutions will never align with our actual quality of life or beliefs.


We believe it is time for a revolution in the design world, a time to stand together and support one another as designers.  Sounds refreshing, doesn’t it?


We have a different method to others of how we do things.  A way that everyone else scrummed away from for some or other reason.


We ask people their names.  We ask people how they started their design careers/ businesses.  We ask people why they started their design careers/ businesses.  We ask them to tell us even more.  We ask them to tell us their story.

This became

The Design Community.

our manifesto.

Our public declaration of how this community works is important as it asks the world to hold us accountable to what we stand for, what we believe in, and our 'why'.

  • We will specialise in all things design

  • We will connect through design conversations

  • We will give before we receive

  • We will focus creating connections that are meaningful

  • We will diagnose before we prescribe

  • We will rethink what it means to sell design

  • We will be selective

  • We will build design expertise rapidly

  • We will not solve problems before we exchange value

  • We will address issues of value creation early

  • We will refuse to work at a loss

  • We will hold our heads high