What does it involve?
Art and Design are focused on how to make things which are appealing to the eye. What makes Design different is that is tends to revolve around a product or service for a company. To be a great designer you need to have a mix of different practical skills as well as natural talent and a good eye. Designers play a role in every industry in some way, meaning you can be involved in a wide range of products and projects.
What you will be working on will largely depend on which speciality you decide to move into. Some Design roles are far more arts-focused such as graphic design, where you would be expected to have a clear understanding of how to arrange form and colour. Other roles are more focused on solving problems, such as web design or digital products where you would be expected to use more technical knowledge.
Design jobs often call for specific training and qualifications which are tailored to the specialism they are focused on. It is also important for all designers to have a clear understanding of the market their design will be for, so who will be using their design and how. Most designers start with more routine work and then progress to gain more responsibility as their portfolio grows.
At its best: A career where you can really do what you love and let your creative juices flow. Plenty of opportunities to try out new ideas and develop your own style which you can be famous for.
At its worst: Long hours and lack of creative freedom as you are dictated designs from those ‘on high’. Working to a check list rather than an a more open brief.