Episode 59 - Unpacking Design Ownership

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When we think about the work being created at design firms, there’s often a dilemma of ownership that employees face. Who owns the work that’s being produced? The obvious answer is that the design firm owns everything being produced at the office. Can employees also claim ownership if they were an integral part to specific projects?

In this episode, Mike focuses the discussion around the idea of design ownership and whether employees who decide to move on and either start a practice of their own or seek employment elsewhere are able to claim any level of ownership. Mike and Tim argue that if a designer had a very minor role on a project, they shouldn’t be able to say that they were part of the project. However, anyone who had a critical role in the project should be able to share the work with mention to the firm and team.

Learn more about design ownership and how everyone who is part of a project and the unwritten rules to how it can be used in this episode.

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