Industry Segments

in5/DDFC membership oversees, supports, promotes and drives initiatives related to the design, tech and media industries

These industries cover a multitude of fields, professions and areas of research.

Students, Emerging Designers, Established Designers and Entrepreneurs and Industry Professionals should be practicing within the following segments:

Architecture, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Tech and Media

Read more on each segments below.

Design – Architecture

Architecture • Building Design • Public Space Design • Interior Architecture Design• Urban Design & Planning.

The field of architecture is the art and science of designing physical structures. It covers a diverse range of specialties and encompasses the design of any built environment. This can go from the macro level (like urban planning and landscape architecture) to the micro level of designing a piece of furniture as part of the interior architecture of a space.

Design – Fashion Design

Fashion Clothing Design • Jewellery & Accessory Design • Footwear Design• Textile Engineering.

Fashion design includes all of the methodologies and processes to develop and produce wearable items, including clothing, shoes, jewellery, bags and accessories. Designers in this field may specialize in any of fashion’s production phases, like draping, sewing and pattern making.

Design – Graphic Design

Graphic Design • Digital Design • Animation & Motion Design• Illustration.

Graphic design encompasses a wide, diverse range of disciplines — from web development and editorial design to physical environments and data visualization. At its core, graphic design is about communication: developing concepts and projecting ideas in physical, virtual or conceptual forms.

Designers in this field fall under several specialties, such as UI/UX design, motion graphics and animation, interactive design, web design, editorial design and graphic art. Illustrators and other visual creatives may also consider themselves to be graphic artists and designers.

Professionally, graphic designers and artists may work in any of the following fields: branding, advertising, web development or publishing. They may design books, magazines, signage for wayfinding, logos or icons, websites or packaging for a new product.

Design – Interior Design

Residential Interior Design • Commercial Interior Design.

Interior designers define the way we experience space in our homes, where we work, the places we go and the events we attend. This includes textile, furniture and lighting design, decorative arts, graphic design and interior architecture. Interior designers work with private residences, commercial entities or public spaces.

Much like other design fields, interior design is about much more than the visual aesthetics. Interior designers are also problem-solvers, finding creative solutions to enhance the environments we interact with while maintaining standards of ergonomics, sustainability and functionality.

Design – Product Design

Product Design • Furniture Design • Industrial Design • Lighting Design.

The diversity of product design can range from every day utensils to iconic supercars. In its essence, product design is about solving problems and enhancing our daily lives by improving the way products work and look.

Using their designer skills and technical knowledge product designers excel at idea generation, prototyping and the creation of innovative products and services.

Professionally, product designers can work in virtually any filed, such as: furniture, automotive, tableware, luxury goods, sports equipment, home appliances, electronics and medical equipment.

Tech

Computer Operating Systems and Applications • Computer Programming • Web development • Video Games • Artificial Intelligence • Data Analytics and Security • Management Information Systems • Engineering • Innovation

Tech includes individuals and businesses engaged in the design, development, and support of computer operating systems and applications, such as web and app development, programming, video games, virtual and augmented reality and innovative technologies in all fields from science to manufacturing.

The professionals are a wide and varied group of highly-skilled, committed individuals who are constantly pushing the boundaries of how technology impacts our daily lives, from mobile apps delivering consumer services to the latest advances in robotics and artificial intelligence.

Media

Advertising and Communication • Journalism • Radio and TV Broadcasting • Video and Film production • Music • Animation • New media

Media at its broader definition encompasses all communication channels, including digital, printing analog and social media.

Media professionals use their creative and technological skills to develop content to influence, educate, promote and inform targeted groups of customers or larger audiences. Using their technical and creative skills, these professionals are responsible for the content and technical production of magazines and newspapers, radio, movies, TV shows, podcasts, vlogs, news, music, books and more.