Designers in Demand
We discussed the importance of design and a number of designers so far on Youth Take Action. The reason is simple, we need more designers! Products, businesses, websites, videos, politics are all being influenced by designers. The demand for designers, especially good ones, is far greater than the supply, which shifts the power more to the designer. However, as the demand and power of designers increases, the role designers play and their influence changes as well.
Many designers spend years doing client work for an agency, but now we are seeing a shift to becoming entrepreneurs with their own design firms and companies. Ben Pieratt, founder of Svpply, is a leading amongst designers in the entrepreneurial field, and his call to designers has been spread all over the place. An increase in professionalism and responsibility has clearly made designers change their attitude, and Mike Monteiro address this issue with his new book “Design Is A Job” he also has a great Creative Morning’s talk entitield “F*ck You.Pay Me.” Many designers have gotten taken advantage of because of bad business fundamentals, and they no longer want that to be the case.
To show the demand for design jobs, look at the job postings on sites like dribbble and behance. There are hundred’s and from some top companies! Wealthfront, a venture-backed financial startup, is begging for a designer. If your looking for a job, or have free time after work, I suggest looking into learning more about design and the opportunities available.
For those of you starting something of your own, here are some excellent ebooks to get started on design: