What does a Design Manager do?

Design managers manage a design or graphics team, collaborate on projects with colleagues, delegate tasks, and check projects for quality and consistency. Design managers often apply their artistic nature in corporate environments. They also collaborate with marketing, sales, and product engineer teams to check designs, ensure they succeed, and ensure messages land appropriately with customers. They develop and implement successful design strategies by outlining how the design team will create the project’s deliverables. They often manage several designers and evaluate individual design deliverables alongside team performance, delivering critical feedback when necessary.

Design managers encourage team members throughout a project. They collaborate with other teams, often marketing and development teams, to ensure the product’s looks and presentation are sufficient. They represent strategies to upper management and speak to specific numbers and expected outcomes for the product. When finalized, design managers track and collect product feedback by filtering through customer service responses and checking in with focus groups to gain an overall picture of how well the design performs. Design managers need a master's degree in graphic design from a visual arts program or other related fields and at least seven years of design experience or three years of design management experience.

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EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Design Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$140,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$82K
Median: $140K
$182K
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Design Manager Career Path

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Design Manager
$140,000/yr
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Design Manager Insights

Read what Design Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
HubSpotHubSpot
Product Design Manager
21 Aug 2020

“Being at HubSpot is the best thing that's happened in my career and has been a huge benefit to my family.”

HowNowHowNow
Chief Designer Officer
2 Apr 2021

“I was given many opportunities to increase my salary and expand my own knowledge working within the company and it's one of the many highlights.”

Godfrey Phillips IndiaGodfrey Phillips India
Assistant Manager - Design & Development
11 Jan 2021

“Job are safe and well”

CrombieCrombie
Head of Design
28 Mar 2021

“Great place to work and good”

Forte Furniture Products
Design Manager
5 Sep 2019

“Best team to work and really good”

TCL Group
Head of Design & User Experience
12 Dec 2020

“Good Career Development and Opportunity.”

JacobsJacobs
Senior Design Manager
18 Oct 2021

“Good projects available”

Infosys BPMInfosys BPM
BD Support and Solution Design Manager
10 Feb 2021

“Good investment to training and people development”

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