With design driving economic growth across the globe, Julia Sagar takes a look at some of the world’s most exciting locations to live, work and visit as a creative
With design driving economic growth across the globe, Julia Sagar takes a look at 10 of the world’s most exciting locations to live, work and visit as a creative
The global creative industries have never been stronger. According to a 2015 report from UNESCO, in 2013, the creative economy employed nearly 30 million people worldwide and generated $2.25 billion in revenue – accounting for three per cent of the world’s GDP. That’s substantially more than global telecommunications ($1.57 billion), and also greater than the total GDP of India.
Since then, the global creative industries have continued to grow, driving economic growth and raising quality of life all over the world. This is great news for designers: whether you’re considering a permanent change of scenery post Brexit or Trump, or simply planning an inspirational holiday, there are dozens of exciting cities to choose from.
So where are the most amazing places to live, work and visit as a creative professional? We’ve analysed the statistics to bring you 10 of the best, based on five specific criteria. Firstly, the design scene, looking at the quality and quantity of local studios and creatives to collaborate with. Secondly, the talent pool: what design colleges are there, and how easy is it to recruit good people? Available work is third, taking into account how many key clients are based in the city, and culture is another – does the city have a strong design heritage? Lastly, quality of life: how does the average wage tally with the cost of living, and is it a safe place to live?
We also talked to the good folk at global creative network Glug, who reveal eight additional creative cities they’re incredibly excited about on page 69. Huge thanks to their team around the world for their valuable input.
Of course, this isn’t a definitive list – we haven’t mentioned Tokyo, Paris, San Francisco or Sydney, to name but a few. And should we have included the world’s leading supercities, London and New York, when increasingly unaffordable rents are forcing some creatives out of the city?
Debate aside, what we can tell you is that the following cities are shining examples of creative economies. Each has its challenges, but all are packed with culture, innovation and stunning examples of design being used for good. Read on for some truly global inspiration…