Currently, large swaths of design talent are being eliminated at the corporate level. After a fairly long run of large corporations building their innovation capacity, we are now seeing budget cuts far and wide in both the corporate and consulting sphere.
I’ve been around a few years and have seen quite a few business cycles come and go. I’ve also seen several transitions of power and influence trade places between the corporate world and the consulting world. I’m seeing a few consulting groups here and there advertise open positions, but many corporate pros even outside of design are now changing their profiles to consultant, freelance, independent etc.
As this current layoff series unfolds further this year, what are the implications for the relationship between corporate and consulting with in the discipline of design in UK, USA, EU and Asia? With AI being all the rage now, is it time again for the consulting world to take the lead in developing this new technology that will change much of how we do business?