Helping you find a career in the design industry
Careers in design can vary based on the industry you work in or the materials you work with. For example, you might be a graphic designer working in a marketing or advertising agency, or a product designer working in the fashion industry, or a spatial/environmental designer working in the retail sector. Most design agencies and consultancies are found in London and the South East, although there are regional hubs in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
While some Designers will work ‘in-house' (e.g. for a business selling products and services to end-customers), many will work for agencies and consultancies, supplying design services to a range of different clients. In an agency, you might deliver design projects for clients across a number of different sectors - for example, food & drink, toiletries and FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods).
Design in different sectors may function in different ways. For instance, a fashion designer will work to a number of different calendars, making sure that designs are available for production and sale during the correct season, while a graphic designer working on advertising campaigns may find their working schedule dependent upon a production house's timings.
All designers will be expected to combine hands-on practical skills within their design medium with an understanding of the commercial goals of their business or client. Projects will usually involve working in multidisciplinary teams often alongside account managers and marketing professionals. A key part of a designer's role is to understand the commercial requirements of a project and to make sure that the execution of the brief reflects those requirements.
Designers will work with a mixture of techniques, from hands-on sketching with pen and paper, to working with prototype models (in plastics or other materials) to using sophisticated Computer Aided Design (CAD) software packages. Designers will be expected to keep up-to-date with innovations in technology and new technical skills. A designer may also be expected to supervise factory production, working alongside production engineers and quality assurance teams to make sure that the finished products match the design specifications.