Student Equipment Kits

If you are a student undertaking an Art, Design, Engineering, or other Technical Drawing related course, finding all the equipment you need to complete your course can be time consuming, confusing and expensive.

Likewise, if you are a tutor or technician running an Art, Design or Engineering course at a college or university, buying all the equipment and materials for your students can be a big task, and expensive too – especially with budgets that only seem to get smaller every year!

The solution? – Student Equipment Kits.

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Student Equipment Kits allow you to buy all the essentials you’ll need for your course in one practical kit, at a discounted price compared to purchasing all the items separately.

At DesignDirect, we offer a range of ‘off-the-shelf’ kits for a variety of courses such as Architecture, Garden Design and Construction. These kits are made of the most popular items used by students doing these courses.

However, if these don’t contain the items you’re looking for, you can go for a Bespoke Student Kit containing the specific items that you require for your course.

If you are ordering for a college or university, we can upload your Bespoke Kit as a product on our website so that your students can purchase it directly from our website. Alternatively, we can process as a bulk order and deliver all kits directly to the address of your choice. Bulk discounts are available – please contact us.

If you are interested in a Bespoke Student Equipment Kit, get in touch today to request a quote! Just list the items that you would like in your kit and please remember to give us a note of the quantity that you require.

Special offer on the Xyron Pro1255 Machine and Cartridges

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XyronPro is a cold (pressure sensitive) lamination and adhesive application system that allows you to instantly apply laminate or adhesive to items without heat, odour or waiting for it to warm up!

  • Ideal for advertising agencies, design studios, photographers, printers, colleges & other creative professionals
  • No heat or electricity required – instantly ready for use
  • Perfect edge-to-edge dry adhesive transfer – no messy or flammable spray!
  • Simply insert your artwork, turn the handle and trim!
  • No smell, no mess, no waste – safe for users and the environment

There are 2 models of machine available – the Pro1255 machine is the smaller machine which takes items up to 11.75” wide. The Pro2500 machine for larger items up to 25” wide.

There are also 2 different refill cartridges available for both machines – the permanent adhesive cartridge, and the repositionable adhesive cartridge.

The permanent adhesive refill cartridge applies an extremely aggressive, high tack, acid-free adhesive from edge-to-edge, instantly creating a permanent bond. The repositionable adhesive refill cartridge applies edge-to-edge acid-free adhesive which can be removed easily from glass, walls, paper and most other surfaces*, allowing items to be repositioned over and over again. Both are great for mock-ups, storyboards, presentations and more.

At Design Direct we currently have an offer on the Pro1255 system, whereby you get a free Pro1255 machine when you order 5 of the A3/A4 size cartridges for this machine!*

Click here for the A3/A4 size permanent adhesive refill cartridge for use in the Pro1255 machine.

Click here for the A3/A4 size repositionable adhesive refill cartridge for use in the Pro1255 machine.

Click here for the Pro1255 machine.

For further details or assistance please call our team on 0800 013 2514 or email!

*While stocks last.

Presentation Portfolios & Cases

Welcome to 2016!

And what a start to the year with our fantastic offers on Diploma Presentation Portfolios! Manufactured in the UK, these Portfolios are high quality and excellent value for money – the perfect choice for artists, designers or students.

Whether you’re starting a new college course, a new project, or simply looking to present your latest designs to potential clients, we’re sure to have the perfect solution.

Click here to shop our range of Presentation Portfolios, Art Cases and other Document Protection and Display products.

If you’re a College or University looking to purchase Portfolios for your students, contact us on 0800 013 2514 to discuss bulk discounts, or email your enquiry to

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Holiday Opening Times


We would like to thank all our customers for their valued business during 2015 and we look forward to an exciting 2016!

Design Direct will be closing for the festive break on Wednesday 23rd December at 5:00pm, and will reopen on Tuesday 5th January 2016 at 8:00am.

The genius of Drafting Tables!

Is your classroom or studio limited in space? Are you catering for a number of subjects in the one classroom? 

Look no further than our Flip Top Drawing Board Tables! Featuring a vertically-rotating ‘flip’ top, they can be an ordinary table one minute and a high quality drafting table the next! A must have for mixed subject classrooms.

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UK manufactured, these tables are specially designed for lasting durability. The drawing board features a reliable parallel motion unit and adjustable support, allowing you to achieve the most accurate technical drawings with maximum ease.

Flip Top Tables are especially popular with colleges and universities. Check out these pictures of A2 Straight Leg Flip Top Tables we recently supplied and installed into classrooms at a Scottish college:

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Contact us today for a no obligation quote! Bespoke pricing and quantity discounts available.

Available in A1 and A2, with options on Straight Leg Frame or Cantilever Frame.

DesignDirect Support MacMillan Cancer

Last month 4 members of the DesignDirect team joined volunteers at the ‘Adrenaline Rush‘ event in Glasgow to help the team raise money for MacMillan Cancer. ’Adrenaline Rush‘ is an urban assault course which incorporates some challenging and daring obstacles, with all profits going directly to MacMillan Cancer.

DesignDirect is committed to supporting charities and the team here are proud to have contributed to MacMillan’s worthy cause.

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What is permatrace?


Permatrace is the traditional name for what is now known as Drafting Film!

Designdirect Supplies stocks one of the best double matt coated drafting films (permatrace) in the UK. Available in rolls or sheets and sizes ranging from A4 to A0…our products have a polyester base for strong, tear resistant, dimensionally stable manual drawings. Very popular for architectural & archaeology drawings/illustrations. Designdirect Supplies has the solution for outdoor grade permatrace…ever experienced your archaeology drawings going a milky white? Call us on 0800 013 2514 to discuss our all-weather grade of drafting film.

What’s more we realise that the summer months are when you really go to town with your illustrations and therefore we are pleased to offer special discounted prices for the month of July – remember that the offers finish on 31st July 2015 so why not stock up for this year’s fieldwork…

Need film for your wide format inkjet printer? View our range online for specially coated drafting film for inkjet plotters allowing the ink to dry very quickly to a dense solid black.

Architect, Garden Design, Engineering & Archaeologist Printed Drawing Sheet Permatrace Drafting Film


Did you know that we have forty years experience of providing bespoke quality pre-printed drawing sheets on a range of materials?

    • Improve the presentation of your drawings by having your company details and logo pre-printed on the sheet with the design of your choice. Options of 75mic permatrace film or 112gm trace.
    • Proofs of new sheets will be submitted for your approval before the sheets are printed. You should allow a couple of days to proof and a further 15 working days for production (leadtime can fluctuate based on seasonal demand – if you have a specific date in mind please let us know and we will try to work to this).
    • Please enquire if you require sheets to be printed on alternative materials, padded, punched or any other bespoke request.
    • Standard quantities include 125, 250, 500 & 1000 – all higher quantities are available in run-ons of 1000 sheets. Sizes range from A4 to A0 – why not choose your own bespoke size such as 594x594mm or 320x297mm!

Maybe you want the trace with out the ‘perma’ part! Visit our range of tracing paper sheets & rolls online. We also stock a wide range of A4 & A3 specialist films: A4 or A3, copier, laser or inkjet, self-adhesive, clear or matt, etc.

View our range of pads, permatrace & paper online – full range is growing every month!