The ‘graphic designers’ of the future: Graphic design is now a skill, not a job
Graphic designers are now “a skill”, not a profession, a new report says, and that means they can become “graphics designers”.
The report by consultancy McKinsey & Accelestar paints a dire picture of a world in which graphic designers are expected to work as graphic designers, not just as graphic artists.
“The ‘graphics designer’ is no longer just a job; it’s an occupation,” the report says.
McKinsey &accelestars’ report, “Designing Graphic Design in 2020: The Skills Gap”, is the latest in a series of reports about the skills gap in graphic design.
In 2016, the McKinsey report found that only 27% of designers surveyed were skilled enough to do graphic design as a full-time profession.
Now, a year later, only 16% of graphic design jobs are filled, and fewer than 10% of these are “graphic-design jobs”, according to the report.
The McKinsey Report also found that more than a quarter of graphic designers have taken less than three years to earn their design degrees, and more than half of these took fewer than two years to complete.
That means that the majority of graphic-designers who have started out as graphic-artists are no longer graphic-sketch artists.
This is a problem for both design professionals and employers.
According to McKinsey, there are only 13,000 graphic-arts graduates in the United States, a percentage that is only about 10% higher than the national average.
So how does this affect the future of graphic work?
One thing is clear: The graphic- design field is facing a massive supply shortage.
The McKinsey study found that the market for graphic design work has been hit hard by the global recession, with fewer people hiring for design work than in the past.
And that means that, even though the market is big, there is not a huge amount of demand for graphic-designed work.
As the McKinys report points out, graphic designers who want to get their degree in graphic art, graphic design theory or even graphic design in general are not likely to find a job right away.
Agency workers, graphic artists, graphic scientists and even graphic designers with the right skills and credentials are not finding jobs as graphic design-related positions.
For example, a graphic-artist who has been making a living drawing and designing for five years but was only hired as a graphic designer five years ago will now find it harder to find work as a visual-designer, according to McKinys.
However, the same person can still get hired as an illustrator or designer in a few years.
Some industries are struggling to find skilled graphic-creative talent.
According to McKinseys report, only 14% of the graphic- and interactive-design industries are making significant inroads into the digital-design industry.
But it’s a trend that’s only getting worse.
It’s a shortage that is happening not just for graphic designers but for graphic artists and other graphic designers.
Despite the shortage, graphic-makers are still in demand for design jobs, according the report, with many more than 20 million graphic-style designers employed worldwide.
And the McKinseys survey found that a significant number of the job vacancies are filled by people with graphic-technical skills.
While a shortage is a concern, graphic architects and designers are also seeing an increase in the demand for their work.
“There’s more demand than supply,” said Patrick Hildreth, a designer and consultant who helped create the McKinays report.
“People want to be involved in the design process, so I think there’s definitely going to be a demand for that kind of work.”
The future of design is in graphic- Designers can’t design the future, McKinsey says, it is designers who can, but graphic-based design is not the only field of design that’s changing.
Even graphic designers can be artists While McKinsey paints a bleak picture of the skills landscape in the graphic design field, it’s not just design professionals who are facing the challenges.
Designers are also struggling to retain the skills they have acquired as graphicists.
“It’s just harder to keep up with the skills people are putting in,” Hildresh said.
“So a lot of graphic artists are not able to keep the skills that they acquired, they’re just not able, and they’re struggling to keep them.”
A study by consulting firm McKinsey found that designers are taking less than two months to finish their design degree.
Another study by McKinsey finds that nearly a quarter (23%) of graphic artist degrees were awarded within six months of completion, compared to just 9% of design degree degrees awarded within five years.
The gap in completion time is also