Today, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum known as Brexit. As a result, markets have plummeted and a general sense of uncertainty has spread around the world. Could Brexit also negatively impact the creative industry?
The answer is a resounding "yes," according to several designers we interviewed and previous reports. "Today is a sad day," says Marina Willer, a partner in Pentagram's London office. "We are closing doors, to clients, friends, talent, economical growth and generosity. We are turning our backs to the open arms that created the European Union. That cannot be good for design, for business, for culture or for our futures."
Of course, it's still too early to know the vote's full repercussions. But here are the biggest concerns that leaving the EU brings up for British professionals in a variety of creative fields, including motion graphics, interaction design, branding, furniture, and publishing.