The research team at InVision just put together a Product Design Industry Survey that we'd love to pass your way. The goal of this survey is to collect detailed, (anonymous) information about the current state of product design. This data will be analyzed and broken down into major themes/findings and then shared with the community upon its conclusion.
Its an amazing time to be a product designer- the landscape is always changing. Our hope is that by running these surveys periodically we can shed light on the continuously evolving nature of our industry. Thanks for your time!
A little criticism about the survey design: the question where you ask to put a percentage on each of the design activities is pointless: can't be answered accurately and will give you bad data. You could have handled that by ranking activities from more to less time consuming, or by importance.
Completely agree. Also, I don't think you can say that Framer and Origami aren't also rapid prototyping tools?
Hey Andrew- for tooling we chose to create loose groupings to pick from vs featuring specific tools. This was to promote insight over 'types' of tools being used vs any one specific tool. Based on what we've seen from research in the industry, tools like Form, Pixate, Framer and Origami are typically identified as 'Microinteraction' prototyping tools by users hence we used those as examples, though its certainly not a hard and fast rule and workflows will vary. Another potential characteristic of microinteration tools are that they are frequently, though not always paired with rapid prototyping tools as a form of later stage prototyping.
Thanks for the feedback Luca- appreciated. As this is our first big foray into a survey of this type, we're definitely looking for ways to improve subsequent surveys in the future based on A) the raw data we get back and how insightful it actually proves be and B) by listening to user feedback/suggestions from folks like yourself. Totally hear you on the suggestion here- there's already been on a couple items that I think we can approach better in the future. Thanks again!
We'd like to thank InVision for putting together this survey. It represents the first of many sponsored posts to help understand a bit more about the DN community and the users who stop here every day.
The "Take Survey" button doesn't work, so I'd have to say the State of Product Design is pretty grim
Hey John- working fine from this end and we've been seeing many responses come in unhindered so far. Let me know how I can help. Feel free to hit me up at stephen[at]invisionapp.com happy to help troubleshoot.
Didin't work for me either until I disabled ad blocker.
Which if my previous experience is anything to go buy could easily be 10-20% of people in a vaguely techie oriented audience ;-)
"city" is a term with different meanings in different countries. I don't live or work in a city in the UK. I work in a town.
"How large is the design team at your organization?" - only accepts number so cannot answer truthfully (we don't break our organisation up into units like "design team")
"At my current organization the role of design is seen as a:" - neither option (leading or supporting) views how we see design in our org.
"What sort of working environment do you participate in?*" - only allows one option. We use all three in different contexts.
"What is your net annual income? (USD)*" - a significant portion of people lie about wages if you force them. Even on anonymous surveys. Needs a prefer-not-to-say option.
"Of these processes, what percentage of your time is spent in each?" - can't answer truthfully since (a) we don't track and (b) we don't do that work in phases so it's very interleaved and hard to figure out in hindsight. Also (c) people are really bad at judging percentages and hours spent. Previously doing things like this we've found that reported percentages don't match well to actual ones when we can sanity check.
"How do you think diversity will change on your design team over the next 3-5 years?*" - not sure how useful this is without tracking the current diversity of the team…
"How many new design tools have you adopted over the past year?*" forces a single number. I have no idea.
At the end of the survey it told me 1 answer needed completing. After five minutes looking I couldn't find the missing answer… so abandoned.
Hey Adrian- love the feedback, THANK YOU so much. Thanks to Jonathan, John, and you we removed the element that may have been triggering your ad-blocker plugins, so hopefully that'll be non-issue for any survey takers moving forward.
- Changed 'city' to 'city/town' to help account for these use cases- thanks you!
- Totally get that there are some scenarios here that can't be entirely accounted for. We will continually to try to provide an answering structure that flexes to as many environment types at possible but at the end of the day its impossible to account for all of them. That being said, this feedback regarding leading/support and organizational break up ("we don't break up into unites like 'design team') is really good for us to keep in mind for future iterations of the survey. So thank you for that!
- Totally hear your points on the annual income question, this is always going to be a sensitive topic for some even if the data is anonymous. Will keep the required nature of the question in mind for future iterations of the survey. Again, great feedback.
- On the "Of these processes, what percentage of your time is spent in each?" quesetion- this one isn't required because we recognize not everyone is able to break it down this way- you can skip without answering.
- Agreed on design tool adoption questions- its not required.
- Agreed on the UX of finding a required question at the end of the survey. Typeform does a fantastic job with the UX of their product but a better/easier way of locating missed required questions when you get to the end would be really nice. They have a lovely team there- I'll pass along your suggestions to them. :)
Country: "Australia" State: *list of all American states
... okay. And I can't submit unless I pick one. Great. Ontario it is.
Thanks Dirk- this one shouldn't have been required, updated.
Hey Stephen, I am a current fanatical, Invision customer. I really love the company, the short release cycles of high impact features, and of course, the product itself.
Invision has changed how we work for the better.
I'm happy to pay every month.
On the survey itself.
Perhaps, you have access to data that I do not, but the survey is highly geared towards employees, and I suspect, fails to capture the full-spectrum of users and the context under which Invision is used in those contexts due to the framing of the questions.
There are a lot of us lone wolves out here. I spend a lot of time amongst other lone wolf designers as well. Often we perform a lot of the roles in the design process. Especially, in the research - business analysis and user research phase of development.
Best with this survey and I look forward to seeing the results.
Hey Jon- thanks so much for the feedback- truly appreciated! This survey's primary purpose isn't intended to be focused squarely on InVision's user base. We're hoping to dive into deeper metrics such as workflow, compensation, hours spent working, organizational structure, role of design at a hierarchical level, etc. about the product design industry as a whole. Its one the reasons we tried to group answers into generalized patterns/trends vs calling out individual tools/services (though we do list some tools as examples to illuminate groupings in a meaningful way).
At the end of the day hopefully we're shedding light on areas that previously haven't been given much attention. Your comments about 'lone wolves' are duly noted. We'd love for these sort of surveys to become an on-going, regular part of our research as an org. With each successive survey hopefully we'll learn which data points yielded the most insightful nuggets of information and learn of new areas that deserve more attention as well. And our promise is to continue to take those insights and data and share it back to the community with each pass.
What is the highest level degree you’ve obtained?*
Associates, Bachelors, Doctorate are the only choices. I suspect there designers with a Master's level degree.
Thanks Paul- fixed and will take into account the lack of presence of this option for entries received prior to this addition as an option when we tabulate final data. Much appreciated.
Hi, question 23 says "Which of the following, if any, do you plan to pursue for your continued design education?*" but is a required field.
Hey Spencer thanks for the feedback- looks like we missed that one. Removing the required field nature of that one now. Appreciate the heads up!