Finding the right design talent in Asia

Chris Murphy

Tap into Asia’s creative workforce and bring your ideas and projects to life more efficiently. Read about how you can scale with a design team from Asia’s best.

Published on
April 24, 2023

Finding the right design talent in Asia can be challenging, especially for digital agencies on the lookout for the next big thing. With so many cultures and skillsets to consider, it's easy to feel like you're navigating a maze. And that's even before we get to the language barrier in some countries.

The term designer is also broad enough that it can be hard to know exactly what type of designer you need. Do you want a graphic designer, UX/UI designer or digital product design specialist? So, first things first, it’s important to define the scope of your project and determine which type of talent would best fit the bill.

Looking beyond local talent

Expanding your search beyond your local market for top-notch design talent can be a game changer. Not only can you find designers who can work remotely, but you can also bring some cost savings by partnering with talented designers living outside of your geographical area.  

Finding the right UX/UI talent in markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan can be difficult. However, there are experienced agencies and freelancers who specialise in providing UX/UI services in growing markets such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, too. These designers are digital natives, with many of them having plenty of experience working with clients from all over the globe. And the best part? In countries where English is widely spoken, like the Philippines, designers can effortlessly integrate into your team and communicate directly with your clients.

But doesn't it affect efficiency?

Working in the modern era has its challenges, as processes have had to adapt to an increasingly diverse and remote workforce. But the silver lining is that we're getting more comfortable with this new way of working and Covid has only accelerated this shift. Design teams are now more confident using tools that allow them to collaborate more effectively whilst working from home.  

Setting yourself up for success is key, and that's where putting the right design processes in place comes in handy. This can include developing a design brief and timeline as well as creating style guides or design systems for remote designers to follow as well as best practices to ensure the work is consistent with brand guidelines.

Balancing local and remote talent

When it comes to design, it pays to create a stong local market connection. Having local talent on your team gives you the inside scoop on customer needs and helps you navigate the cultural subtleties of working with clients in your country. But there are benefits of building a remote team consisting of onshore and offshore design talent. By putting together a hybrid team, you can find the perfect balance between cost-effectiveness and having the right design talent on hand.

And if facetime is an absolute necessity for your clients, remote talent is always able to fly in during crucial periods (i.e. during discovery or go-live).

Scale your design team

Finding the right design talent who really understand what's needed to create an amazing user experience can be exhausting. By assembling a hybrid dream team of both local and remote designers and tapping into the design talent pool across Asia; you'll be able to bring your clients' vision to life faster and more efficiently than ever before.

Ready to level up your design game? Talk to us about how we can scale your design team with the best talent in Asia.

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