Tim Brown shares on LinkedIn:
…Today, things are very different. Thanks to the still-booming Silicon Valley, interaction and user-experience designers have been added to the mix, but those aren’t the only opportunities for design thinkers. Even graduates of non-traditional programs can embark on exciting design careers. To wit, here are five disciplines that didn’t even exist at IDEO a few years ago.
1. The Designer Coder
Prototyping has always been a critical part of design, but in today’s online, app-based economy, the preferred prototyping medium is increasingly code. Designers who can also code possess a powerful set of tools. There are thousands of positions open to those who have the skills to conceive new ideas and the ability to launch them quickly into market.
2. The Design Entrepreneur…
3. The Hybrid Design Researcher…
4. The Business Designer…
5. The Social Innovator….
These are just a handful of exciting new design careers I’ve witnessed as of late. Given the urgent, complex challenges our world faces, expect more. Better yet, if you’re a young graduate or looking to change careers, ask yourself:
How might I apply my unique talents to design challenges?
Who knows, maybe next year, I might be writing about you.
What other unlikely skill sets do you think could advance design innovation?