The code did not account for responses that didn’t match any of the dictionaries, and did not tag if a response falls into multiple categories, so we had to do that manually later on.
187 people mention "ageism" as a key theme in design.Age-ism is not benefiting the field."
208 people mention "ethics" as a key theme in design.Ethics and inclusion are not part of curriculum, but are critical."
138 people mention "commoditization/ consumerism/ Capitalism" as a key theme in design.commoditization of design is shifting parts of the industry away from being a service,
118 people mention "undervalue / devalue" as a key theme in design.devaluing the role of the designer as an individual, and bringing down wages across the industry. Too many internships and first jobs are
644 people mention "pay" as a key theme in design.unpaid/ underpaid. Pricing your work, and yourself, are not taught in design school. "The commoditization of design. Transparency around a designers 'own'
124 people mention "worth" as a key theme in design.worth helps everyone."
208 people mention "ethics" as a key theme in design.ethical or social impact side of design and instead having a perception that design is all about the money — so whatever whichever client wants, goes. They don't realize there are worthy clients and projects, and that they should be selective about who they work for [...] They also
118 people mention "undervalue / devalue" as a key theme in design.undersell/undervalue their work because they don't realize they can afford to say "no" [...]"
1061 people mention "lack of" as a key theme in design.lack of design education, it's just that it's not taught correctly across the board.Schools have different standards and often don't teach practices that are current and used in the workplace today [...]"
1061 people mention "lack of" as a key theme in design.Lack of new talent: students want to jump on a computer and find quick solutions, are impatient and don't want to take risk. This concerns me looking forward about the future of graphic design."
160 people mention "social media" as a key theme in design.social media, which leaves a gap for younger designers coming into the industry. They have less opportunities and desire to make the kind of connections that have been so useful for older generations of designers like myself."
1061 people mention "lack of" as a key theme in design.lack of mentorship and a gap between design education and the type of work designer create on the job."
355 people mention "understanding" as a key theme in design.
825 people mention "value" as a key theme in design.
280 people mention "tech" as a key theme in design."Technology moves too fast ↗ as I get older, I feel that skills / practices I once put time into are no longer relevant. I do not have the technological knowledge that younger colleagues or current students have. I feel old in my industry, and I'm only 29! :( "
545 people mention "diversity" as a key theme in design.Diversity in design is a big issue. I see the industry dominated by
264 people mention "white" as a key theme in design.white and Asian men and
265 people mention "women" as a key theme in design.women making it hard to see myself (a black woman) in competitive design spaces. The design industry also feels very exclusive, as if you need to know the right people or go to the most prestigious schools to get on employers' radars ↗"
545 people mention "diversity" as a key theme in design.Diversity is not only an important issue in our field but also in our schools / design programs. We need diverse faculty and courses / projects that address issues around gender equity, inclusivity, accessibility, and the decolonization of the design canon. Ultimately, we need design programs willing to explore, discuss, and develop the kind of critical awareness and
280 people mention "technology" as a key theme in design.technological engagement that can activate freedom in a post-truth era ↗"