Together for Design builds on the earlier work identified in the 2017 report Winning by Design. It focuses on the three design disciplines identified as
important for Ireland; digital, product and strategic design. Together for Design looks at the future demand for these design skills over the years 2020-2025
Winning by Design demonstrated that design has a crucial role to play in the broader concept of innovation and how it is a key component of Ireland’s innovation ecosystem. The report emphasised that design thinking can be used for problem solving and can transform the strategies of major organisations by combining processes, skills, cognitive steps and attitudes.
Traditionally, design roles have been associated with problem solving and creativity but
these are not the only skills required in the design sector today.
Together for Design finds that by 2025 occupations in digital, product and strategic design could see a growth between 21,000 to 33,000, accounting for 2.8% of all jobs in Ireland. Programmers and software professionals are anticipated to account for the majority of additional jobs. In contrast to this demand, around 1,300 students graduate annually with relevant skills from Higher and Further Education in Ireland.
Amongst the recommendations contained in the report is a call for a collective voice for design in Ireland. The establishment of the National Design
Centre will bring a unified voice and will develop the pipeline of design talent.
In addition, the report recommends that educational institutions should continue to be encouraged to ensure that flexible provision methods, such as online courses, are available for academic educators and design practitioners to upskill or reskill in design discipline.
Take a look at the video that accompanied the launch of Together for Design below.