Hi all, THis is my question: Where would you rather work at? A studio, specialising in design OR In house designer for company in another field - e.g. web designer for Honda I just want to lay out some thoughts from what I've observed. Feel free to add any of your own (or disagree with mine). Design studios PRO - You get the chance to be fully creative. Able to work with various styles and medium. You may get cool and fun clients to work with, and sometimes the job is very rewarding. May get to work with very talented designers and fun co-workers. CON - Most studios are short on cash, or broke. Don't expect great pay or a company car, or overseas trips in business class. For small studios you may have to do small high-quantity pain-in-ass jobs for high turnover. Unpaid overtime isn't new. Christmas party is usually family meal from KFC. In house to a company PRO - Better pay? Better perks. Bigger christmas party. Work with larger number of people, and you may network yourself better in other industry apart from just design. Depends on how cool your company is, you may have fun (a friend who works at Honda gets to borrow cars for weekends). If its your thing, you could go hours without having a task to do. And of course, the name - how good would you sound if you tell your friends you work for BMW or PricewaterhouseCoopers or Fly Emirates CON - You could get bored to tears. Design wise, you're limited to company's branding and palette. You may be the one of two in-house desigers, doing tasks such as updating ad banners on a site, or changing images on brochures. Don't expect to do big projects like latest advertising campaign, those are for studios . You may be surrounded by pretentous co-workers in pin-stripe business suits. Which do you fancy? Limitless creativity or better pay? Rock up to work looking respected smart casual, or whatever the hell you feel like?