In the last years the international economy is changed and not all the italian industries have been able to keep up with this change but surely design has been able to adapt more to the new balances since Italian design industries are among the better five in Europe in fact, according to a study carried out by Symbola (fondazione per le qualità italiane) Italy, with 4.4 billion turnover, is ranked just behind the United Kingdom, but before Germany, France and Spain.
There are also a lot of design projects registered by Italian industries during 2016 with more than 10 thousand projects and designs presented to EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office).
The majority of design industries are obviously placed in the north of Italy (and in particular in Lombardia with 25%) given that almost 60% of the design industries are found, as well as in Lombardia, in Emilia Romagna, Veneto and Piemonte. The Italian design companies are all marked by their very small size, as 98.8% of these have less then ten works units, while the area in which Italy is the most specialized are furniture, jewelery, textiles and food.
Our country has also a very various educational offer that trains almost 8 thousand designers each year in one of the six main fields: products, space, communication, fashion, service & strategic (all those elements that improvethe interaction between the service provider and the user) and finally digital that, despite the considerable potential, are still one of the most neglected sector by the aspirant designers that prefer to go on the safe side choosing for products or for other growing fields like fashion and communication.