We’ve reached a point where non-designers understand the value of design. This has lead to an increase in demand for design talent. In the past, we would have turned to institutions of higher education to help us find new talent, however, today’s graduates often finish school without the skills they need to thrive in a professional design setting.
There is a massive gap between what students learn and what industry needs. This skills gap leaves graduates unable to find jobs and hiring companies unable to find talent. How we approach this challenge will affect the continued relevance and value of design.
Dr. Leslie Jensen-Inman is a designer, speaker, author, and educator. She connects industry, education, and community. Leslie is Co-founder of the Unicorn Institute, where she works to improve the state of design education. Creative Director and Co-Author of InterACT with Web Standards: A holistic approach to web design, Leslie has written articles for publications such as A List Apart, The Pastry Box, Ladies in Tech, and .net Magazine.
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