Designing: New Career Opportunities

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Education & Career Trends: October 31, 2022

Curated by the Knowledge Team of  ICS Career GPS

While design houses and consultancies are thriving entities, it is interesting to note that design as an element is required in almost all industries and sectors.

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As an industry with links to multiple sectors and industries, design and design education has emerged as a popular and competitive career choice that not only offers a diverse set of opportunities but, is also known to be highly rewarding for those with creative abilities.

Design Education Institutions seek to produce professional designers, artists, expressionists and design entrepreneurs who are capable of setting new trends and starting new businesses. They aim to make the world a more sustainable place.

Design degrees/diplomas recognise the diversity of the creative ecosystem, besides, one gets an ideal combination of practical and theoretical skills that pay well in the job market.

While design houses and consultancies are thriving entities, it is interesting to note that design as an element is required in almost all industries and sectors. Healthcare, banking and finance, fin-tech, manufacturing, retail and IT are only some of the sectors where design is increasingly becoming important. Within manufacturing, there are design specialisations like jewellery/footwear/machines etc.

Identifying the Functional Areas:

Broadly speaking, fashion design, interior design, product design, interaction design, graphic design, animation and multimedia are some of the popular functional areas.

  • Fashion designing itself is a huge area where on one end of the spectrum there are haute couture designers like JJ Valaya and Sabyasachi and on the other, there are specialist designers for school children, hospitals, factories, industries, and sportswear.
  • Interior design is yet another promising segment as almost all industries and affluent sections of society are increasingly looking at it. The specialists design the interiors of their offices and homes.
  • Product designers focus on improving the functionality and look of existing products and minimising production costs.

The design industry is organically aligned with a digital future, in the wake of the predominance of online and social media in our lives.

  • The realm of interaction design, graphics design, UI and UX which offer visual design and experience designing are booming segments of the design domain as Apps and websites are the lifelines of most businesses. In more ways than one interaction designers bring cognitive, physical and emotional aspects together to give the user an entire package of experience.

While a multitude of career opportunities are possible through the services route, design entrepreneurship can also prove to be very lucrative, besides the satisfaction of driving one’s venture.

Shining at the Thinking Level:

The design education approach is categorised into three types of skills:

  • Thinking skills
  • Visualisation skills
  • Making skills

The primary endeavour is to scale up the skills of the students in tune with industry and market demands and dynamics. While some students shine at the conceptualisation or thinking level, others are good with their hands or techniques in manufacturing. At the same time, there is yet another category of students who can also benefit significantly from their interpersonal skills and networking

Research and Design Thinking:

The involvement of research and design thinking goes hand in hand in this sector. A design school helps in developing aptitude and skills through a process of seeing, exploring, awareness, analysis, problem solving and communication. Subjects like Advertisement, Marketing, Business Studies and Entrepreneurship Development are taken up as core subjects common to all specialisations.

The design programmes enable the design graduates to develop creative and problem-solving skills required to answer consumer, business and institutional needs in the public as well as the private sector. In this field, students ought to constantly explore new vistas of creativity, innovation and aesthetics.

For Design as a whole and its various sub-specialisations, some of the popular career options include:

  • Working as fashion designers
  • Visual merchandisers
  • Textile designers
  • Apparel designers
  • Fashion stylists
  • Fashion show organisers
  • Fashion publishers
  • Website designers
  • Academicians
  • Illustrators
  • Game designers
  • Animators
  • Designprenuers
  • Product developers in design merchandising etc.

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