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The Creative Industry Labor Market

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"DESIGNER WANTED! We are looking for a designer with a great quantity of energy to add to our team [...]. The required skills are: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Social Media Campaigns, Communication Campaigns, Interfaces Development (Web Apps), Typography, Motion (After Effects), Vector Illustration, Digital Painting [...] ". The quotation above is an excerpt from a vacancy notice aimed for designers to work in a company which provides internet services. Reading the several skills the employer requires from the designer, the following questions arise: Does the creative industry labor market belong to multidisciplinary designers? Is being multidisciplinary is something mandatory to a designer? Must the multiple skills be taken into…show more content…
Indeed, the working scenario where design centers on is quite complex and unpredictable. Inserting knowledge in a context of totality, such as the environment in which humans interact, allows the complexity of this environment to be seen in a globalized and interdependent way, retrieving the sense of unity that has been lost by the values of specialness; complex because, as stated by Couto et al. (2004) design focuses at the human and the environment in which it interacts, requiring an accurate vision of the designer to understand the complexity of human and environment interaction; unpredictable, because, according to Wyatt (2014), unlike other professions who walk in a more usual speed, in the creative industry, changes occur at the speed of light, as technology and fads run by leaps and bounds. As it is stated in Designing for the 21st century: Interdisciplinary questions and insights: Change is ever present, as the challenges of technology, environment and society demand our continuous attention and we struggle with issues of complexity, we see that the science, social science and humanities need a means of working together. Design research provides the orchestration, the systematization and visualization to bring together the disciplines to build bridges to the future. Such research will provide the evidence and insights upon which professional designers, industry and society can create
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