Design Industry - Designing a New Growth ERA

Design industry in India is characterized by many small to medium sized “innovative” firms.There are a few well organized design companies with highemployment rates. These firms offer multiple specialties and serve more or less as one-stop-shop for design needs (marketing, arts, publication etc.). Indian government is taking initiatives to improve the state of design industry in India and opening doors for satisfying employment opportunities. Make in India is one such initiative to encourage investors and entrepreneurs to invest in Indian economy and CADD Centre is playing its part to make this move a success.


Design industry in any economyholds an important aspect of creativity,innovation and growth. It provides processes and tools to translate ideas into practical business applications and thereby translating into huge monetary growth. It is an interdisciplinary, problem-solving discipline which combines creativity with skill and knowledge in areas of technology, business and communications.


Organizations hire professional designers to carry out tasks such as packaging and designing effective advertising campaigns, designing product, developing their unique identity etc. Design industryis the keystone to the design of publications includingbooks, online resources, newspapers, blogs, magazinesand websites.


A few Indian design companies are internationalizing their operations.They have been opening offices in other countries and tying upwith design companies from other countries.Students who have completed their courses can find lots of job opportunities whether they want to start their carrier in fashion industry, animation, graphic design/web design, architecture or manufacturing there are various roles available within the design industry. 

Designers in various Design Disciplines


Foreign companies like Saffron Brand Consultants, Landor & Associates, Fitch, WD partners have already setup operations in India. These companies mainly represent the branding and communication domain. There is news of a few more coming to India from other design domains as well.


Some such tie-ups are:


1. Elephant Strategy + Design entered into an alliance with npk Industrial Design, Netherlands and Design Continuum, USA.


2. Vyas Gianetti Creative signed six partnerships with Flex / The Innovation Lab (Product Design); Lava Graphic Studios (Editorial Design); Indeed (Marketing Sales & Strategy); Wally Olins’ Saffron; DixonBaxi (Creative and Strategic consultancy); and Ryan + Deslauriers (Real Estate Branding).


3. Onio Design has partnered with Style Vision, France for Trend Research.


4. Brandscapes Worldwide Consultancy has tied up with Design Bridge, U.K based design consultancy firm.


Facts you must not miss:


1. People in Taiwan, India and China are well aware of public design institutions.


2. Italy, China and India are the main players in overseas design outsourcing.


3. China and India are thought to enjoy affordable pricing for design development.


4. In France, India and Sweden, consumers favor a design style that is reflective of their unique cultural characteristics.


Design Industry by Turnover


5. Korean firms spent less money on design, along with Brazilian and Indian firms.Design-related investment is the lowest in India.


6. The total expenditure by people on design is highest in Britain and U.S., while those of Korea, China and India are low, indicating lack of awareness of design. 


Government has taken some crucial steps and also collaborated with other private associations to improve the state of design industry in India.


“Make in India” is driving the transformation


Make in India is the BJP government's flagship campaign planned to encourage the domestic manufacturing industry and attract outsiders to invest into the Indian economy.The Prime Minister invites all the members associated with the campaign, especially the corporates and the entrepreneurs, and realize their duties by first developing the nation and for investors to providethe country with foreign investments. Mr. Narendra Modi also promised to have an overall development of nation rather than a political agenda. He puts emphasis over the poverty improvement and employment creation that would certainly the key point to make the campaign successful.Make in Indiaincludes25sectors of the economy for skills enhancement and job creation. The list includes: bio-technology, chemicals, tourism, aviation, IT, textiles, and hospitality, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, ports, leather, wellness, design manufacturing, mining, railways, renewable energy, and electronics. The initiative is expected to drive an increase in tax revenue and GDP growth.Initiatives that need special mention


Indian technical forces have expertise that cannot be found anywhere else around the globe. Specifically, Indians do have a rare capacity for creating creative resolutions with limited resources when compared with the engineers in the West


There are few institutions those works regularly on the students to improve their skills and give them a platform to get their dream job. CADD Centre is a leading one.


CADD Centre is Asia’s biggest network of CAD training centers, head quartered at Chennai, India and provides end to end solution to CAD users and also trained students in fields such as Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Aided Design (CAD).


Today, CADD Centrehave more than 520 franchise outlets which are spread across 22 countries. CADD Centre has excelled in training over 1 Milliongraphic artists, engineers, and management professionals, who are employed globally.


If the prime minister is giving his full support to the Design sector through the Make in India movement, career openings must be explored far beyond what was previously thought possible for Engineers. CADD Centre is playing its part to drive this transformation can prove to be counsellor and a trusted advisor in this direction.




Design can renovate the way we do things, and result in new economicbenefits and a better quality of life. With the proper strategies in design, cansolve problems in ways that are functionally and aesthetically pleasing and make economic sense. Design helps to improve business efficiencies, offer world class products and services, improve quality and differentiation,productivity and margins, increase revenues and achieve higher market share and accelerated growth.


This article presents the Indian Design Industry in its present form and future scope and also discusses how movements like “Make in India” transform the state of Design sector in India and generate new revenue opportunities.