The State of Design

New Design Census Takes Stock of Design Industry

Some of the results are in from the first annual, open-source Design Census to benefit designers with data and insight about the rapidly evolving profession. About 9,600 people in more than a dozen design and related fields took part in the online survey that was open for 18 days in December 2016. The collaborative resource will help designers understand the complex economic, social and cultural factors shaping design today.

To view results published so far, click here, then click on "results" in the left column. Then, on the right side of the page, click "filter," then "organization industry." To narrow the results, check the box for "design, industrial/product." Among the results: education levels; salaries; work week hours; job satisfaction; and benefits. AIGA will release a report and post a gallery on Jan. 19.

Design Census was free, with the goal of empowering the design community to take charge of its professional development and happiness. it  was spearheaded by.AIGA, the professional association for design, and Google Design—with the support of IDSA and other groups. "This is an opportunity for IDSA members to learn about your peers, the global design community and your place in it," says Julie Anixter, executive director, AIGA.

In addition to IDSA, #designcensus16 supporting partners include National Endowment for the Arts; ico-D; IxDA; Portfolio Center; SEGD; and SoSolimited.