Design in businesses: average number of designers worldwide 2018

This statistic shows the average number of designers employed by organizations worldwide in 2018, broken down by the level of design adoption. According to InVision, the five percent of respondents with the highest level of design adoption employed an average of 15.3 designers.

Average number of designers in organizations worldwide in 2018, by level of design adoption*

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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period

September 19 to October 4, 2018

Number of respondents

2,090 respondents

Special properties

large enterprises, small businesses, agencies and government and non-profit organizations

Supplementary notes

* Level of design adoption is ordered from one to five, with level one companies having the lowest level of adoption and level five companies having the highest. The proportion of respondents and design philosophy for each level is:
Level 1 companies: 41 percent, design is what happens on screens ('Producers')
Level 2 companies: 21 percent, design is what happens in a workshop ('Connectors')
Level 3 companies: 21 percent, design is a standardized scalable process ('Architects')
Level 4 companies: 12 percent, design is a hypothesis and an experiment ('Scientists')
Level 5 companies: 5 percent, design is business strategy ('Visionaries')
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