In March we delivered a new workshop session, with ico Design, for the Arts Council and BBC collaboration 'Building Digital Capacity for the Arts'. Our session was designed to help people in the arts put together an appropriate and creative commissioning process and write good briefing documents for their digital projects.
We worked closely with David Rogerson from ico Design to make sure that the materials, examples and workshop exercises were informed by both sides of the commissioning equation.
We got some great feedback and I think our materials may well have utility beyond the arts community and we have certainly used the thinking in many other circumstances. We created three downloadable PDFs that you can use when you are about to embark on a new commission. They are available on the Arts Council website as part of a great summary blog post of the session, and I have linked to them directly below as well.
Digital commissioning process
This pack identifies the critical stages in a digital commissioning process. It offers a series of questions and challenges for each step of the process, and finishes with a one-page overview.
Internal processes for ideas development
This pack offers six processes to help develop and test the substance of your idea so it is ready to be put into a brief.
Brief components and project brief canvas
This pack lists the key components of a digital brief, with some questions and prompts to get you started. It also includes a template to help think through your project, identify information for your brief and provide a framework to develop your idea.