It’s an intriguing idea: Encourage designers to create content based on the results of the first Design Census. The 2016 survey — conducted by AIGA, a professional design association — asked designers of all stripes to respond to questions about topics such as salaries and benefits, demographics and job satisfaction. More than 9,500 people participated in the survey. The average salary was $67,424; the average hours worked weekly, 44. What was especially striking was how happy designers are — 80 percent are satisfied with their job. Most happy among the respondents? Interior designers. Least happy? Architects. Below is the content created by Maya Kopytman of C&G Partners in New York, who applied the data to the length of a smile to reflect designer satisfaction in the various design fields. See more at designcensus.org.

INTERIOR

DESIGN

89

% satisfied

19

surveyed

PRODUCT/

INDUSTRIAL

DESIGN

83

% satisfied

161

surveyed

DIGITAL

DESIGN

82

% satisfied

1,485

surveyed

TECHNOLOGY

82

% satisfied

592

surveyed

INTERACTIVE

DESIGN

81

% satisfied

512

surveyed

PUBLIC

RELATIONS

81

% satisfied

27

surveyed

DIGITAL AND

PRINT DESIGN

80

% satisfied

2,941

surveyed

ADVERTISING/

MARKETING

78

% satisfied

937

surveyed

NONPROFIT

76

% satisfied

221

surveyed

PRINT DESIGN

74

% satisfied

898

surveyed

PUBLISHING

74

% satisfied

169

surveyed

ARCHITECTURE

71

% satisfied

110

surveyed

It’s an intriguing idea: Encourage designers to create content based on the results of the first Design Census. The 2016 survey — conducted by AIGA, a professional design association — asked designers of all stripes to respond to questions about topics such as salaries and benefits, demographics and job satisfaction. More than 9,500 people participated in the survey. The average salary was $67,424; the average hours worked weekly, 44. What was especially striking was how happy designers are — 80 percent are satisfied with their job. Most happy among the respondents? Interior designers. Least happy? Architects. Below is the content created by Maya Kopytman of C&G Partners in New York, who applied the data to the length of a smile to reflect designer satisfaction in the various design fields. See more at designcensus.org.

PRODUCT/

INTERIOR

INDUSTRIAL

DIGITAL

INTERACTIVE

PUBLIC

DESIGN

DESIGN

DESIGN

TECHNOLOGY

DESIGN

RELATIONS

89

83

82

82

81

81

% satisfied

% satisfied

% satisfied

% satisfied

% satisfied

% satisfied

19

161

1,485

592

512

27

surveyed

surveyed

surveyed

surveyed

surveyed

surveyed

DIGITAL AND

ADVERTISING/

PRINT DESIGN

MARKETING

NONPROFIT

PRINT DESIGN

PUBLISHING

ARCHITECTURE

80

78

76

74

74

71

% satisfied

% satisfied

% satisfied

% satisfied

% satisfied

% satisfied

2,941

937

221

898

169

110

surveyed

surveyed

surveyed

surveyed

surveyed

surveyed