Exhibition designers design exhibitions and display stands for events ranging from large public exhibitions such as the Ideal Home Show to conferences and exhibitions for trade and industry or temporary displays for businesses, museums, libraries and galleries.
Designers present their ideas in sketches, scale plans, computer-generated visuals and models for discussion with the client. Once these are agreed they produce final specifications.
In large companies designers may have a purely design role; in smaller companies they are also likely to oversee the construction of the components (usually in workshops) and their assembly and installation at the exhibition venue.
Designers may also handle orders for supplies and liaise with technical specialists such as lighting staff.
Exhibition designers in larger companies may work basic hours of 9am to 5pm, but overtime may be required. In smaller companies they may work longer hours including weekends.
The work is studio or office based, but will usually also involve visiting clients or exhibition sites. Designers may be required to travel extensively, in this country and abroad, depending on the job. A driving licence is useful, and often essential.
To work as a designer you need:
As an exhibition designer you might be employed as part of a team by an independent studio. Other employers include national and local government, and large organisations such as museums with their own design departments. There is a steady demand for the services of talented and experienced professionals.
Promotion to team leader or partner may be possible with a successful record of work. Many designers work freelance and need to build up contacts and reputation in order to be successful.
Consultant designers can enter their details on the Directory of Design Consultants. Please see Further Information.
If you would like to know anything about Exhibition Designer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
The Design Council
34 Bow Street
Tel: 020 7420 5200
The Chartered Society of Designers
179-181 Bermondsey Street
Tel: 020 7357 8088
Creative and Cultural Skills
11 Southwark St