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Results of the 2022 Birmingham Design Annual Survey

We’re pleased to reveal the results for our third annual survey, looking into the working lives of designers and creatives in the West Midlands – proudly supported by Beyond the Book.

We’d like to thank all of you who took part, your answers will help to reflect and shape the future of the design industry in the region.

As with previous years, the survey covered key areas such as gender, age and ethnicity. Our goal, as always, is to be able to show a true snapshot of our industry. However, we are presenting these results with the caveat that due to our current reach we understand they may not be entirely representative. We remain confident that they are valuable in showing a picture of those working in design in the West Midlands.


Download the full 2022 survey

We’ve listened to feedback on last year’s survey and amended questions where necessary – this has had an impact on some results but comparisons can still be made with last year’s survey. You will see some new questions this year relating to remote working as this has become much more of a feature in our day-to-day lives.

This year we asked our respondents for their own ‘snapshots’ of the design community in the West Midlands. You’ll see a few of their quotes throughout  the analysis section of the survey. Some are good, some not so but they are all honest.

The final report can be downloaded below.

“This annual survey is an invaluable tool to gain insight into the Midlands design community, and the results have certainly showcased the diversity of talent and skills.”

Emma Head
Creative Development Director – Beyond the Book

As always, all feedback is welcome, if you have any comments or questions regarding the survey, please contact the team by email


Download the full 2022 survey

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