What does a Design Manager do?

As it sounds, design managers are in charge of design teams. They have the responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operations in the design department. Design managers are similar to project managers, but they also delegate team member assignments; some may hire new staff and order design resources.

The managers will also have to work with other departments to coordinate with the product, sales, or marketing teams to create the right design. The role is crucial to a product’s success as consumers often judge the quality of a design based on its outward appearance and other visual aspects. Managers can find themselves working in web design as well as in interior decorating.

Design Manager Job Requirements

Requirements depend on the company hiring. Most employers will prefer at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field like graphic design or visual arts or distance learning in UX Design. These degrees focus on the experience users receive, along with design principles and design tools training. Candidates will need to know how to use Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, Sketchup, and web technology (HTML, CSS, UI Design). Employers will favour those with more experience, so internships and work experience can be essential. 

Design Manager Job Market Trends

The top locations that hire design managers are London, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham. Newly qualified design managers can expect to earn £26,000 per annum. In time and with experience, design managers can earn approximately £65,000.