At some point the question crosses every designer and design student's mind: Should I move to New York? Whether you're in fashion, architecture, interior or industrial design, there are plenty of well-respected schools and firms here in Core77's hometown that draw from a global pool of talent.
For anyone currently grappling with the New York question, particularly students or educators, you'll want to read "Designing New York's Future." It's a findings and opinion report by the Center for an Urban Future, and through text and infographics the document examines:
- The rapid growth of NYC's design & architecture schools—"In terms of the sheer number of students who graduate with design and architecture degrees, the city surpasses every other U.S. city by a large margin"—and their effect on the local economy;
- How local design professionals interact with those design schools, as taken from a survey of 300-plus designers across a range of industries;
- An explanation of the impact of NYC design schools' global magnetism, for both students and professionals;
- The increasing incidences of NYC design school graduates starting their own ventures rather than working for others (including a Q&A with a handful of young design entreprenuers);
- The challenges currently faced by NYC design schools, highlighting what gaps there are in the collective curricula;
- What can be learned from innovative, multidisciplinary programs in other cities;
- What types of support the city itself should be offering to its design schools to further their own growth;
- Recommendations for future steps that ought be taken by design schools, government and local institutions in order to maximize design's punch on the local economy.
Thankfully, this exhaustively-researched and informative paper is available as a free PDF download. Cheers to the Center for an Urban Future.