How’s the UK design industry fitting into a recession??

There is much talk at the moment about problems with the economy in general but i am wondering how this affects the design industry and in particular the internet. When i return eventually i wonder how easy things will be for me. I am hoping that people will just move from print to cheaper web advertising media, and so we’ll be fine. But i’ll keep a close eye on things as i also need to get a mortgage eventually too. In the meantime i will just enjoy things here and take advantage of the solid currency here :-)

My ex-colleagues seem to not have had any problems so far in the contract market which i’d hope to return to in order to save funds for a deposit. I am still hoping to find somewhere in East London eventually, but would need to research where is good value, safe, and modern. I don’t think my budget would suit North London but who knows. That could be my ideal choice but i’m not too choosy. There are many new builds which would be ideal as they are linked to special offers for first-time buyers and also would not require too much of my appalling DIY skills! Design-wise, they are also normally COOL, and fit with my ideas for minimalist design with occasional funky things here and there.

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I have some ‘great’ ideas for when i finally get my own place, with chandeliers, Moroccan furniture and furry walls all considered!! (Ok, the last one was a joke, but it could still end up looking like a tart’s boudoir!!) The key is of course a monster flat screen TV for sports. I will seek my sister’s advice on this nearer the time, as she has done a nice job on her own place, and shares a similar taste for design and style. One worry i have is that my love of oil paintings will not really fit well with the ideas i have in mind, and will need somewhere to display either some of my funny works, or others from my favourite painters, like Van Gogh, Monet & Klimt.