2. Design is essential for innovation
Local research echoes the growing global demand for designers across industries. Interestingly, for every design job in design firms here, there will be two design jobs in non-design firms by 2022. In fact, most of the demand for design talent will come from tech companies, financial services and business consultancies. Why?
Because design skills and mindsets – such as the ability to empathise, reason abductively and prototype rapidly – are now essential to a world where firms must “innovate or die”. As a result, there is a demand for transdisciplinary or “T-shaped” talent, where designers possess deep technical skills, but are also adept at non-design skills such as systems thinking, business model innovation, content strategy, and entrepreneurship. In short, clients want designers who aren’t afraid to “talk” business or strategy, such as Richa Menke, Director of Strategic Design at BCG Digital Ventures.