NEW YORK, June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- InVision, the world's leading product design collaboration platform, today unveiled its first Product Design Trends Report, an exploration of insights from over 1,650 creatives worldwide.
Respondents shared insight into their education, career path, roles and compensation ranges; tool preferences, income variables, purchasing habits; and more. The report identifies and examines industry trends impacting individual and freelance designers, product design teams and agencies. In doing so, it reveals the types of organizations that value design, and what industries lag behind.
"Design's influence in business is growing. This report will help business leaders make more educated decisions about which design tools and specialities they should cultivate at their organizations in order to remain competitive," said Clark Valberg, InVision CEO. "We hope to help designers and their larger teams better understand their position, their market share, and their competition."
Some of the key trends covered in the report include:
- A Designer's Role: Design plays a leading role at 38 percent of the world's largest organizations. At startups, it's even higher with 65 percent leading with design.
- Designers As Project Managers: Today's designers perform early-stage planning, user research, ideation, and project management. With 67 percent of the highest-paid designers using project management skills daily, designers are increasingly more client-facing.
- How Designers Spend Their Time: 87 percent of designers prototype during their design process to visualize, communicate their ideas, and explore solutions, with 76 percent using rapid prototyping tools. Only 2 in 5 designers are involved in code development.
- Value of Higher Education in Design: Just 60 percent of designers surveyed hold a bachelor's degree, with women more likely to have a degree than men. However, designers with formal training earn just under 5 percent more annually than those who are self-taught.
- Design Salaries, by the Numbers: The average annual salary for a designer is $80,606, with the highest-paid designers being product designers and usability testers/researchers who work at startups or in-house. On average, men are paid slightly higher (less than 2 percent more) than women.
- Where Do Top-Earning Designers Live?: Among designers who earn $125K or more annually, 88 percent live in the United States:
- 62 percent are in San Francisco
- 16 percent are in New York
However, self-employed designers make 4 percent more than full-time designers, regardless of where they work.
The full report is available for download at https://www.invisionapp.com/product-design-industry-report-2016 or share your comments on SlideShare.
InVision is the world's leading product design platform, powering the future of digital product design through our deep understanding of the dynamics of collaboration. We provide nearly 2 million people with the power to prototype, review, refine, manage and user test web and mobile products without a single line of code. InVision drives design at leading Fortune 100 companies, including at Disney, IBM, Walmart, Apple, Verizon and General Motors. Backed by Accel, Firstmark, Tiger Global and others, InVision is headquartered in New York City with a workforce of over 200 employees who work remotely all over the world.
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