How does the new US government affect our field of design?

over 1 year ago from , UX Designer. Writer & Publisher @ UXBeginner.com

There's wide agreement that 2016 has been one of the most unprecedented elections in U.S. history. What do you think are the repercussions on our field of design?

E.g. Work & Co and other agencies are worried about hiring

19 comments

  • Raffaello SanzioRaffaello Sanzio, over 1 year ago

    What do you think are the repercussions on our field of design?

    I think designers will be forced to code and have a portfolio. Other than that, everything else will remain the same.

    8 points
    • Simon O’SheaSimon O’Shea, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

      Haha! This is true for the most part. However for designers outside the United States planning to work here, the process for acquiring a work visa, in particular the H1-B program, could potentially be harder than it currently is. For employers and large organizations, hiring designers from abroad may also be tougher, given Trump's comments on international employment.

      2 points
      • Oz Chen, over 1 year ago

        Agreed, this is a huge concern for companies that want the freedom to hire top talent around the world

        1 point
    • Jason MillerJason Miller, over 1 year ago

      Why will designers be foreced to code or have a portfolio any more than they currently are?

      2 points
    • Aubrey JohnsonAubrey Johnson, over 1 year ago

      I see what you did there

      0 points
  • Gary Simon, over 1 year ago

    One thing Trump had over Hillary was his understanding of the economy -- and that lower taxes does indeed spur new companies and employment opportunities (this really isn't up for debate if you understand basic economics). Whether or not we'll see lower taxes though is an entirely separate issue.

    2 points
    • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, over 1 year ago

      This absolutely is up for debate, and is debated by serious economists all the time.

      The idea that Trump understands the economy better than Hillary is absurd for a number of reasons, both in terms of his policies and in terms of his personal business performance. Trump's business profits and personal income growth have lagged behind overall US growth and business profit growth, and most serious economic analysis of Trump's suggested policies (particular his tax plan and threatened trade tariffs) by even conservative economists paints a bleak picture for the future of the US compared to Hillary's suggested policies. Have you read any of these analyses?

      Furthermore companies do NOT hire based on taxes. Companies hire based on need/demand. Large corporations already spend essentially 0% on taxes thanks to numerous loopholes and teams of tax experts, and they have been making record profits in the US over the past couple of decades.

      There certainly could be an impact on smaller businesses, but that is looking at taxes purely in a vacuum. In reality Trump's policies will impact the spending ability of consumers (tariffs lead to higher product costs as just one example) which will then mostly impact the profits of small businesses to a greater degree than any tax cuts would.

      I mean come on, there IS a debate to be had here but to make a generalized and absolute statement like yours is kind of ridiculous.

      3 points
  • Oz Chen, over 1 year ago

    If business tax does indeed decrease from 35% to 15%, that could push many to-be founders (including designer founders), over the edge and start that business.

    Other thought: if the cost of running a business goes down, would those same businesses be more likely to spend $ on investments like design & marketing?

    1 point
    • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, over 1 year ago

      Considering how many people already start businesses I don't think this is that important of a factor.

      Furthermore companies don't hire based on taxes, they hire based on need. Otherwise you would see a direct correlation between taxes and jobs which you don't. Jobs have been increasing in the US for the past 80 or so months, so it is not like there is a major issue there except for some demographics and job types.

      2 points
      • Oz Chen, over 1 year ago

        I see, good point. Business costs going down don't necessary mean their need for design (or other services) necessarily increase

        0 points
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, over 1 year ago

    This is up for debate, but I'd start with "our". There's lots of different designers and design out there. Which type are you specifically talking about?

    1 point
    • Oz Chen, over 1 year ago

      Good question. As far as the DN crowd goes, digital design like user experience, web design, front-end development.

      0 points
      • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

        Gotcha. I assumed that's what you meant, but I wanted to make sure. :)

        The short version

        It's hard to say right now, but the incoming president's cabinet choices point to a number of concerns.

        The long version

        Right now, it's hard to say what kind of impact the incoming president will have on these fields of design. But I think Simon O'Shea hit the nail on the head with respect to designers outside of the US who want to work here.

        The incoming president wants to make some huge changes in our country's immigration policies, and H-1B visa workers could come under fire. And whether you're for or against the incoming president, you've also got to look at the cabinet he's building and the impact they will have.

        • Jeff Sessions, whom he's appointed as attorney general (but has not been confirmed), is a big H-1B visa opponent.

        • Steve Bannon, chief strategist, senior counselor, and known white supremacist, is already on record for making inaccurate and racist statements about Asian tech CEOs.

        • Betty DeVos, the incoming president's pick for education secretary, is a huge advocate for charter schools and school vouchers. This might not have an impact on the design industry right away, but the education secretary also has jurisdiction over student loans, grants, civil rights provisions like disability discrimination and race and national origin discrimination, etc. (Granted, most education policy is decided at the state and local levels, but this is still worth being cautious about given the other picks among the cabinet.)

        The kind of reforms this incoming administration has in mind not only stand to impact design, but the science and tech industries as well. Wired and other news outlets are already talking about the potential "brain drain" that these new policies could initiate.

        2 points