There's a common misconception that design is only for creative fields. But design is everywhere, crossing boundaries and bringing people and ideas together. Here are 6 design careers outside the arts that you can explore:
Urban design is all about arranging buildings, infrastructure, streets, and public spaces to devise inclusive cities.
Planning cities is an interdisciplinary practice that spans engineering, natural sciences, and social sciences. If you are interested in the public sector and you want to develop better transport infrastructure, greener public spaces, or safer neighborhoods, a career in urban design might be the way to go.
Industrial design is concerned with crafting products that are good for mass production.
Product design and service design deal with generating or enhancing a business' products and services.
Creating products and services that sell is a feat that dabbles in business and the social sciences. If you are interested in the private sector and you want to build solutions that fulfill human needs, a career in industrial design, product design, or service design might be a good fit for you.
User experience design has to do with defining the user's journey when interacting with a digital product. User interface design pertains to ensuring that a digital interface is easy to access, understand, and use, while interaction design refers to constructing interactive digital products.
These design careers call for an understanding of information technology and the social sciences. If you are interested in the tech industry and you want to build digital products that change the game, a career in user experience design, user interface design, or interaction design might make a fine choice.
Healthcare design relates to transforming health products and services to improve people's quality of life.
Promoting health and wellness is a vocation that combines the natural sciences and social sciences. If you are interested in the public health sector and you want to be involved from prevention to cure, a career in healthcare design might be your cup of tea.
Learning design applies to developing and delivering learning materials and experiences.
Instructing learners requires knowledge not just in your chosen discipline, but also facilitating its transfer. If you are interested in the education sector and you want to design journeys that meet particular learners' needs, a career in learning design might suit you.
Social design means empowering people at the local level to shape better social and environmental outcomes.
Behavioral design entails forming programs that facilitate change in human behavior.
Tackling social issues is an intersectional exercise demanding contributions from all disciplines. If you are a jack of all trades who is interested in the development sector and you want to help organizations and communities maximize their impact, social design or behavioral design might be in your lane.
These are only a few of many examples in which design is embedded in various fields. Whatever career path you take, it likely uses design in its operations!
As you make your career choices, remember that you don't have to be an expert to make it in the world — you just have to be a designer, willing to empathize and improve upon the status quo. As Herbert Simon once said: "Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones."
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