Small Talks: Digital Design Futures

August 18, 2022
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Danielle Bowman

On Thursday 20th October our Founder Ben Elliott was invited by Made By Many to join the ‘Digital Design Futures’ event to participate in three panel discussions and a live Q&A. Alongside Ben, panellists included, Rachel Ilan Simpson Head of Design at Multiverse, Flora MacLeod Design Director @ IBM iX, Eva Verhoeven Programme Director Interaction Design & Visual Communication at the London College of Communication, Oliver Benjamin Director of Employment and Skills at the Good Growth Hub, Rosie Isbell Group Design Lead at Wise & Visiting Tutor at the Arts University Bournemouth, Dorinda Kusi Senior Product Designer at Moonpig, and Chioma Onwuzulike Product Designer at Made By Many.

Key discussion points included how design leaders and managers can ensure design roles are accessible for all, what it means to be a ‘Junior Designer’ and how those of us in the design industry can create workplaces that are psychologically safe for juniors to try and fail. And finally, what’s in it for businesses if they do?

A big question that kept coming up was how do we make these roles more accessible to students and people from varied backgrounds? We get asked all the time by upcoming designers how they can land their first job and more can be done to equip young people with the know-how on how to market themselves post-university or school.

Flipside is one of many programmes trying to bridge that gap. It is ‘A paid, industry-led bootcamp’ introducing young talent to the basics in digital product design. Learn more about what they’re doing to kickstart the careers of young people looking to enter the world of digital design here.

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