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.
265 people mention "women" as a key theme in design.woman in
280 people mention "tech" as a key theme in design.tech, I still want to see not just more women but more of the "other" ... trans, queer, non-binary, etc as well as people of color ↗ I think there are perspectives and levels of
208 people mention "ethics" as a key theme in design.ethics in design that could use an eye of someone who isn't a cis
264 people mention "white" as a key theme in design.white male. Also the consequences of innovation is another issue ... often the way tech transforms our lives isn't considered until after the fact. Then we have to find solutions for problems we didn't have before."
264 people mention "white" as a key theme in design.white with similar design styles and perspectives [...] I understand having more females is one form of expanding
545 people mention "diversity" as a key theme in design.diversity, but I would like to see more walks of designers sharing their expertise and experiences."
160 people mention "social media" as a key theme in design.social media, afford to travel to attend overpriced conferences, or participate in the pay-to-play world of design awards shows. We shouldn't be relying on the loudest or most privileged voices among us to define our field."
190 people mention "respect" as a key theme in design.respected for what they bring to the table because we might not have the same technical skills as they do. Young designers think it's all about the programs, the algorithms, the code. So many don't understand typography, nuance, balance, color. It is sad to me."
1061 people mention "lack of" as a key theme in design.lack of
355 people mention "understanding" as a key theme in design.understanding of what design leadership is capable of contributing [...]. What that says to me, is that companies just want a designer who they don't have to
644 people mention "pay" as a key theme in design.pay a bunch of money to, and can execute on the company vision, without being a big contributor to it ... As far as agencies go, design is often sacrificed for client relationships."
173 people mention "good design" as a key theme in design.good design and good designers [...]"
644 people mention "pay" as a key theme in design.paid for the level of experience. Companies would rather consider a designer mid-level, than promote them and have to pay them a senior designer rate."
200 people mention "environment" as a key theme in design.environment [...] [...] Designers are taking a stand ↗ to make
208 people mention "ethics" as a key theme in design.ethical decisions because their overlords won't give them the power."
825 people mention "value" as a key theme in design.value, propping up some disciplines over others, that translates to not being valued by clients and workplaces; the gender pay gap; being a mostly white industry and therefore defaulting to a
264 people mention "white" as a key theme in design.white pov in design."
208 people mention "ethics" as a key theme in design.Ethics in design is huge and needs to be the top priority in the industry. Marketing and advertising have long since been about manipulating consumer behaviors and the idea has crept into the experience design world. instead of giving people what they need we try to manipulate users desires and bend them ↗ to what we're trying to sell them. It's an insidious practice of controlling people hiding behind a mask of "empowerment"."
1061 people mention "lack of" as a key theme in design.Lack of accountability, especially in large companies. Giving too much emphasis to design without honest assessments of impact."
1061 people mention "lack of" as a key theme in design.lack of transparency creative staffing agencies show to freelance designers (and clients). Agencies
644 people mention "pay" as a key theme in design.pay designers 50% of what they charge the client, however our silence is demanded in their contracts ↗ creating an ignorance that affects designers who start their own business [...]."
644 people mention "pay" as a key theme in design.pay us and so we whittle our talents away on the frivolous whims of the wealthy while the poor as always continue to suffer."
88 people mention "person of color" as a key theme in design.poc, white managers and directors make it miserable and hurtful to work in the industry. I identify as Asian and I have had the worst last two years of my career of racial inequality [...] Also,
264 people mention "white" as a key theme in design.white people, please stop illustrating or designing things with "ethnic inspiration" and then not consult nor
644 people mention "pay" as a key theme in design.pay anyone in that community. "Pay these communities. Reparations in the design world need to be made."
384 people mention "impact" as a key theme in design.impactful as the fine art space. This dynamic leads to exploitation of young designers and artists who know little about inter-industry dynamics and social expectation [...] The design field is also rife with folks who have no shame in stealing art from independent freelancers [...] rather than research and design their own. Accountability is needed."
1061 people mention "lack of" as a key theme in design.lack of proper credit and attribution in
1061 people mention "lack of" as a key theme in design.
160 people mention "social media" as a key theme in design.
138 people mention "commoditization/ consumerism/ Capitalism" as a key theme in design.consumerist Western culture, whose value has proven to be antithetical to the long termmental and physical health of people and the earth ↗"
1061 people mention "lack of" as a key theme in design.lack of diversity in design /
280 people mention "tech" as a key theme in design.tech is paving the way for less accessible and inclusive designs to the point that it's making peoples' lives on a daily basis more toxic and difficult than it would be without technology. Additionally, in my career as a designer I have felt increasingly disposable [...] I am paid less than a junior designer, despite having 7 years of experience [...] It feels like the only way to be respected as a designer is to go into UI / UX or product design [...]"
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
124 people mention "worth" as a key theme in design.worth helps everyone."
189 people mention "freelance" as a key theme in design.Freelancing has been very eye opening. Self employment taxes are incredibly rough, and the inconsistency of freelancing work is making life very stressful. When I do work with clients, they don't understand the value of having illustrations and good branding, and they almost become hostile when they hear my prices. Being a small town, I can't work locally because no one here wants to pay for quality work because they fail to see the
825 people mention "value" as a key theme in design.value."
384 people mention "impact" as a key theme in design.impact are also not equipped to access it for financial reasons or
1061 people mention "lack of" as a key theme in design.lack of awareness. Wouldn't it be great if there were more programs [...] whose goal is to connect the organizations with the potential to do the most good with design and branding professionals that could help them build awareness and achieve their missions?"