You would think that being a designer or having a job in the creative industries would be widely recognised as a career by now. But sadly this doesn’t seem to be the case. Despite the fact that the sector generates some £36 billion and accounts for not far short of 10 per cent of the UK’s workforce, it seems that to some that design does not exists as a career. Last week I was registering on the Financial Times website to read an article about our McDonalds Uniform project that was being covered in the FT’s regular “Design Space” column. Yet when I started to register, the registration process asked me for my profession and guess what, “designer” or anything like designer wasn’t an option.
The FT aren’t the only ones, try having a profession as a designer and ringing up to buy car insurance and listen to the silence as they try and fill their online form with your profession.
Like many of my age, I experienced a school system where the notion that a desirable career could be made out of art, design or music, simply didn’t exist. In fact if you had the questioning and inquisitive (some may say troublesome) mind that characterises good designers then you could find yourself “banished” to the art class. Music, art, design classes at school were “Cinderella” subjects and it seems to the FT that a job in the creative industries is a “Cinderella” career.