Designer as Collaborator

Regardless of the discipline or brief, design requires some degree of collaboration. Whether it’s speaking with a client to understand their needs, sharing sketches with colleagues, or working with a production company to execute ideas, designers are in a constant state of communication and co-creation.

In recent years, the demand for designers has simply exploded. We’ve seen companies turn their heads toward design as a means to innovate and drive revenue. Startups, corporations and institutions have made notable investments in design through acquisitions, funding and in-house agency build-outs. Why? Well, that’s a conversation for another time but as designers move into these new, less traditional design environments, the need for deep, cross functional collaboration becomes paramount. Likewise, the ever-evolving, multidisciplinary nature of design itself allows practitioners to move between diverse disciplines over time. The act of collaboration is particularly conducive to this.

So, to understand if and why collaboration in the context of design is important, we asked four individuals to shed light on their respective experiences and practice. Hopefully these conversations will spark further discourse on this topic and perhaps even challenge us to reflect on our own role of designer as collaborator.

9th May 2019

Designer as Collaborator: Matthew Thompson
Matthew Thompson

To round out our Designer as Collaborator series, we speak with photographer Matthew Thompson. As a formally trained designer, Matthew continues to collaborate with and involve design in his projects and …

2nd May 2019

Designer as Collaborator: Grace Hughes
Grace Hughes

Third in our Designer as Collaborator series, we chat to Grace Hughes – Senior Content Designer for Fjord at The Dock, Accenture’s R&D hub in Dublin. As Grace puts it, her work unfolds …

25th April 2019

Designer as Collaborator: Simon Finney
Simon Finney

Next up in on our Designer as Collaborator series, Simon Finney gives us an insight into front end development and UX design at IBM. Based at IBM Studios Dublin, Simon is the front end development practice lead for …

18th April 2019

Designer as Collaborator: Stephen McCarthy
Stephen McCarthy

To kick off 100 Archive’s latest series Designer as Collaborator, Stephen McCarthy gives us a glimpse of design life at Government Digital …

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