IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL CI­TIES

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

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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…

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