Defence of doctoral thesis in the field of Design, M.Sc. Paulo Dziobczenski
M.Sc. Paulo Dziobczenski will defend the thesis "Graphic designers’ work and skillset - what companies talk about in their job advertisements" on 12 November 2021 at 12:00 in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design, in lecture hall B (Y203) of Undergraduate Centre, Otakaari 1, Espoo, and online in Zoom.
Opponent: Dr. Robert Harland, Loughborough University, UK
Custos: Prof. Guy Julier, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design
The public defense will be organized as hybrid: onsite and via remote technology. Follow defence: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/66226252618
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Thesis available for public display at: https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/doc_public/eonly/riiputus/
Doctoral theses in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture: https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/54
This doctoral thesis investigates the work and skillset of graphic designers as described by companies in their job advertisements. The literature on design suggests that the role of designers is changing and they are now making a more strategic contribution to organisations. The studies of this doctoral thesis unveil the work and skillset of graphic designers mentioned in job advertisements from the UK, Finland and Brazil. This doctoral thesis investigates the job market for graphic designers in these different countries and assesses the variations between geographical contexts and their distinct design cultures, economic and educational infrastructures, while also drawing attention to their similarities.
The results of the studies show that the work and skillset of graphic designers are broader than often typified. Graphic designers mainly deliver digital and print work. To deliver this type of work, however, graphic designers need to have not only visual design skills, but also skills commonly associated with other fields, such as 'business, 'project management' and 'research'. Another result of the studies is that they shed light on how the skillset is described when graphic designers move (1) from junior to senior level positions, (2) from in-house departments to a design consultancy (or vice versa) and (3) from traditional to digital graphic design functions (or vice versa).
Overall, the results of the reported studies suggest that job advertisements reflect the past while also guide future developments in the field. For design practitioners and educators, job advertisements provide a proxy for understanding the job market that can shape educational activities and self-development efforts. For design researchers, job advertisements provide information about the qualifications sought by companies in design professionals and also about how much (or little) organisations know about a profession. For example, an organisation that believes designers should code would present 'coding' as one of the requirements in an advertisement. This thesis then suggests that design researchers should take advantage of the availability and coverage provided by job advertisements for investigating professional developments.
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