Design


64 Industry insights in total for Design


“The client is after value and experience, so show them you can offer both” Image: Emma Metcalfe

10 myths about illustration

Emma is a freelance heritage illustrator, who works on trails, guidebooks and maps for stately homes and castles. She uses her own experiences to discuss ten myths about illustration.


Journey into the design industry

What steps do you need to take for a design career? This infographic created by Fifteen Design tracks the journey, from leaving education to finding a first job in the design industry.


Being a creative brand manager

Jenny Smyth works as Senior Account Manager at Red Cow Creative consultancy. She has delivered creative marketing campaigns for brands like Mr. Men, Little Miss and Where’s Wally?


The Design Trust organises training and promotional events, as well as webinars and video interviews.

Director of The Design Trust

Patricia van den Akker is director of The Design Trust, an online business school for designer-makers. She discusses the barriers to running a design or craft business, with 7 tips on overcoming them.


The Stylistic Gallery was created to give creatives a place to showcase their work.

Online showcase for designers

For young designers struggling to get a foot on the career ladder, there’s a new creative space to show off their talents. If you're struggling to get noticed, or working where you don’t want to be, try out The Stylistic Gallery as an online resource.


Mark always wanted to pursue a career in art. Stephen Fry illustration by Mark Boardman.

Being a freelance illustrator

Mark Boardman is a successful artist and illustrator, whose painterly style is distinctive and captivating. He creates book covers, posters and other illustration for editorial.


Ian Winterbottom, partner at Our Agency,explains how honesty and research are key fundamentals when pitching to clients.

Prepare for the perfect pitch

Is there such a thing as the 'perfect' pitch'? Ian Winterbottom, partner at Our Agency, gives 6 fundamentals for pitching to clients.


There are many different ways to get into UX research

User experience research

Hedgehog lab is a global software consultancy that specializes in multi-platform software and connected device innovation. We spoke to Laura, Emily and Caitlin in the User Experience Research (UX Research) team about how they got into the industry and their work on the team.


A career as a furniture maker

Gareth Neal is a furniture designer and maker who rose to prominence for his traditional furniture with contemporary exteriors. He discusses his career and reflects on the furniture making industry.


Trevor Duncan’s students often go on to enjoy success in the design industry.

Studying 3D design

Trevor Duncan is head of Three Dimensional Design at Northumbria University. He has his own consultancy and professional practice and his clients have included the V&A, British Airways, Alessi and Wedgewood.


Tatty Devine's 3D Specs Necklace' was inspired by Americana.

Tatty Devine accessories

Tatty Devine crafts unique, handmade accessories inspired by rock 'n' roll, 50s Americana and everyday objects. Rosie Wolfenden met her co-founder, Harriet Vine, studying Fine Art.


Retail assistant Samantha is also an illustrative artist.

Managing the day job

Succeeding in a creative career can be a struggle. For some, the only way to achieve their ambitions is by combining their passion for creativity with a second job.


Charlie Alder studied to be an illustrator. © Alder and Alder

Being a freelance designer

Designer Jonathan Alder studied and worked in London for over twenty years before relocating to Exeter to form the design and illustration agency Alder and Alder with his wife.


David Beastall is a Digital Executive for Renfrew Group International.

Getting started in web design

As a graduate or school leaver, how do you get that first job in web design? David Beastall, Digital Executive for Renfrew Group International, shared his thoughts and experiences about a web career.


Karen Arthur balances a full-time career as a teacher with her passion for making handbags.

Stay focused on your career

There’s no time like the present to start following your ambitions. So stop adding to your ‘to do’ list and start putting the plans you already have into action.


Salary and progression in graphic design

Interested in a graphic design career? This infographic created by Fifteen Design looks at typical salaries and progression routes, as well as giving key information and outlining desired skills and experience.


Angelina Ballerina illustrator

Children's illustrator and author Helen Craig, known for her 'Angelina Ballerina' drawings, discusses her mid-life move to illustration and learning skills to improve her writing.


Jethro Macey's ‘Curiosity Cabinet’ showcased the secret collections of everyday people.

A career as a product designer

Jethro Macey made his mark in 2005, transforming humble concrete into covetable decorative flooring. His work caught the attention the New Designers Showcase in London and developed into continued success.


Peas, another of Nick's acclaimed collaborations, part of the 'Daisy' series with Kes Gray

A career in illustration

Nick Sharratt is an illustrator and author of books for children, including the books of Jacqueline Wilson. He spoke about how he built his successful career in illustration.


Simon taught himself many of the skills for web design.

4 tips for a web design career

Simon McFarlane runs a web design business, building bespoke websites for diverse clients. His career path evolved over the years, but his early track record as a technology trainer proved invaluable.


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