What does a Head 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.

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

Head Design Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$154,575 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $155K
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Head Design Manager Career Path

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Read what Head 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
Aug 16, 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
Oct 25, 2021

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

Product Design Manager
Aug 21, 2020

“Being at HubSpot is the best thing that's happened in my career and has been a huge benefit to my family.”

Chief Designer Officer
Apr 2, 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.”

Godfrey Phillips IndiaGodfrey Phillips India
Assistant Manager - Design & Development
Jan 11, 2021

“Job are safe and well”

Forte Furniture Products
Design Manager
Sep 5, 2019

“Best team to work and really good”

Head of Design
Mar 28, 2021

“Great place to work and good”

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

“Good Career Development and Opportunity.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a head design manager

When working as a head design manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are UI UX, Adobe Creative Suite, Ios Android, Wireframes, and Leadership.

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