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.

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

Design Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹13,33,958 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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₹5L
Median: ₹13L
₹30L
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Design Manager Career Path

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L2
Design Manager
₹13,33,958/yr
L3
Senior Design Manager
₹16,15,494/yr
L4
Lead Design Manager
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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.
Westminster Communities of FloridaWestminster Communities of Florida
Director of Design
16 Aug 2019

“It is a pleasure to work in such a collaborative atmosphere and be good stewards of our resources.”

Bolo IndyaBolo Indya
Creative Design Manager
25 Oct 2021

“It is great to work with the outstanding & supportive team who truly churns out the best from you.”

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.”

Forte Furniture Products
Design Manager
5 Sep 2019

“Best team to work and really good”

CrombieCrombie
Head of Design
28 Mar 2021

“Great place to work and good”

TCL GroupTCL Group
Head of Design & User Experience
12 Dec 2020

“Good Career Development and Opportunity.”

HourlyHourly
Product Design Manager
22 Jan 2021

“Hourly provides opportunities for career growth and remote work helps to have work and life balance.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a design manager

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The most common qualifications to become a design manager is a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.