Great design careers are built working towards a great goal. Get inspired!

Great design careers are built working towards a great goal. Get inspired!

I want to combine my design job with some free work in my own little studio.

I'm design director at a company I love, but design needs to grow further. So I want to invent my new role: VP of Design.

I want to lead design but also stay hands-on, for at least 30% of my time.

I want to solve obesity, through designing a real-life social eating community, powered by an app.

I want to start my own furniture studio, making custom, locally-sourced, life-long quality products.

I want to move from agency to industry: more strategy, more focus.

I want to lead a UX team and mentor people to become much better than me.

I want to lead a design team at an innovative company, and influence the company's direction.

I want to start a design studio that is solely focused on reducing the world's carbon footprint.

I want to help children learn and develop social skills through playing - by making toys that help them.

I want to make the fashion industry sustainable, designing for traceability of raw materials.

I want to start a new kind of agency, which only makes fun things for fun companies.

I want to be a fulltime storyteller. A copywriter, animator, narrator, director and editor in one.

I want to design with full creative freedom, working for events, bands, media and selling my designs online on the side.

I want to work at a scale-up where I can influence everything with design, including product, marketing and even business.

I want to build myself into a brand that allows me to get design work at any time and place.

I want to help NGO’s to improve their entire customer experience so they can be much more attractive to the next generations.

I want to be a builder of design teams at small & medium businesses.

I want to finally take the plunge: to fully focus my one-woman-business on my true specialty, service design, and claim my fame.

I simply want to become a famous designer. There, I said it!

I want to direct all of the design expressions in our organisation.

I want to become the ‘architect’ of our company’s customer experience.

I want to be the first design director in our company.

I want to become a partner at the the design agency I have been working in for many years.

I want to help owners of small companies with design problems, as a strategic sparring partner.

I want to become the go-to person in our organisation regarding everything design.

I want to reduce the web's energy consumption by designing apps and websites that are beautiful inside and out.

I want to open a creative restaurant that is truly inspired by design.

I want to design solutions that educate and encourage people to be better to the environment.

I want my design work to have ripple effects of happiness into the lives of those who see it. I want to bring joy to people.

I want to build a big enough client base to support myself working freelance.

Got inspired? Add your own goal!

Some additional thoughts on
design careers

If you’re like us, then you like to know what’s next in your career. Having a clear goal is a great start. We’re collecting as many as we can on this page, making it a source of inspiration for designers in every stage of their career. Because even with a lot of legacy, the way is still forward.

So having a clear goal is a great start. You’d think having one is enough to make all work tilt towards that goal. In comes reality: distraction, limited energy and time, doubt. A goal really is a great start, but knowing what’s next requires a plan.

We’re helping designers to take ownership over their career. By turning their career into a design project, with an app. If you’re interested: Find it here, it’s free. It starts with ideation – sketching out your career ideas.

✌️ Tim & Freek
Founders of DESIGNLADDER

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