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.
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."
172 people mention "expectation" as a key theme in design.expectation for designers to be a is the most challenging, harmful trend in the workplace. For example, expecting a designer to be not only a designer, but a videographer/social media manager/animator. What happened to hiring specialists in design roles?"
187 people mention "ageism" as a key theme in design.ageism when it comes to friends past 50. These amazing humans with lifetimes of experience and insight, not to mention skill, who are being passed over time and again for younger, cheaper labor with lower insurance premiums. This has to stop."
187 people mention "ageism" as a key theme in design."Ageism, particularly amongst recruiters [...] As a member of AIGA I find similar attitudes and I have tried to join committees but unless I am a leader of a company or a sector of the industry, I find prejudice there as well. It is the very infrastructure of the organization that has to also change its attitude [...] It is a quiet segregation."
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."
190 people mention "respect" as a key theme in design.respected is practically a life/death experience. Workplaces need to have answers for this and conflict resolution [...] These are areas I work to illuminate, but feel alone, my voice rarely heard. I'd love to learn how to better advocate."
644 people mention "pay" as a key theme in design.Underpaying of junior roles. How the field is mostly female but leadership is mostly male, the narrowness of graphic design's definition to euro-centric standards and a
1061 people mention "lack of" as a key theme in design.lack of exploration of other culture's problem solving abilities especially within design education."
545 people mention "diversity" as a key theme in design.Diversity diversity diversity diversity diversity diversity!"
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."
265 people mention "diversity" as a key theme in design.Diversity in senior management — need more
265 people mention "women" as a key theme in design.women,
88 people mention "people of color" as a key theme in design.pocs, etc at a high level, but also at every level. I work at a super-white agency and it drives me crazy!"
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 in design - we need more poc and
88 people mention "people of color" as a key theme in design.
265 people mention "women" as a key theme in design.
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 ↗"
264 people mention "white" as a key theme in design.white art community occupying space in a neighborhood that used to be majority working class people of color."
545 people mention "diversity" as a key theme in design.diversity but continuing to be tone deaf especially when regarding the severity of marginalization in the workplace."
545 people mention "diversity" as a key theme in design.diverse. I think as a whole, we are making strides towards this ideal, but still falling short. It is crucial for all designers to critically examine the social,
200 people mention "environment" as a key theme in design.environmental, and societal impact of their work."
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."