Hey there DN friends! We’re excited to share with you our 2016 Product Design Report. The report represents input from over 1,600+ designers and you can download it in its 40+ page entirety at the link above. Here are a few high-level takeaways:
Design’s Organizational Role: Design was reported as playing 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 & Project Management: 67 percent of the highest-paid designers reported utilizing project management skills daily.
Designers & Prototyping: 87 percent of designers say they prototype during their design process, and 76 percent reported using rapid prototyping tools.
Design & Code: 2 in 5 designers reported being involved in code development.
Design & Education: 60 percent of designers surveyed hold a bachelor’s degree, with women more likely to have a degree than men.
Design & Salaries: The average annual salary for a designer was $80,606, with the highest-paid designers being product designers and usability researchers who work at startups or in-house.
We love this community and it remains our goal to provide content that helps us all better understand our industry in terms of where we stand today, what’s changing, and hopefully what we all WANT to change together in the future.
We aim to continue producing reports like these year over year. Let us know what insights are most helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the future. Feel free to hit me up directly at stephen[at]invisionapp.com - I welcome your insights and dialogue. :)
If only the website was as easy to read as this forum post
Great work, thank you. My browser is seriously struggling to cope with this page though :-(
Thanks sir- investigating now.
It really is a great piece though, well done all involved. (Safari 9.1.1, el capitan, MacBook Pro)
You = the best. Thanks very much!
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that pasted like shit, but interesting takeaway nonetheless.
Odd fact. Why would contractors have higher importance than in-house?
more likely they have a narrower perspective of the company, perceived importance is higher than it really is.
There's an old joke about whose opinions are given the most weight at companies:
something something sunk cost fallacy!
Downloaded the pdf. Couldn't render it properly - fans rotating like crazy, laptop getting hot as hell and everything starts lagging. Never happened before. Seems like something I would want to read... if only I could!
Awesome report, and an even better summary in comments! Keep up the good work !