Traditionally, the relationship between design and industry in Spain has been very complicated. Innovation is something novel for many Spanish businesspersons and although this is slowly changing, our business people are not accustomed to investing in I+D. When they do decide to invest, they inevitably opt to take the minimum risks possible.
From a cultural point of view, the art world is very developed in Spain and particularly in Barcelona. There are countless schools that teach courses related to product design, (Llotja, Elisava, Eina, I.E.D,…). However, when the time comes, the market cannot absorb the flow of artists generated by the different schools in the city. Many designers cannot develop as such and only a small percentage actually succeed at dedicating themselves professionally to product design, and at ridiculous salaries at that.* http://www.coroflot.com/community/global_design_rockstas.asp
As if this were not enough, another problem industrial design students face, especially in Barcelona, is the amount of interns that arrive in the city from all parts of the world, looking for jobs in studios, no matter how small they may be, creating a tremendous overflow of new professionals and apprentice designers in the city. As a result of this, interns from Barcelona and other parts of the planet, seldom see 1€ for long hours of work. (Thank goodness we have the sea, the sun, wonderful weather, great food, etc!)
No one doubts that it is very positive for all that a city be able to attract people, but we must not forget how important it is for those persons to come and not leave totally disappointed by their work/salary experience.
*** Warning for those who are thinking of coming to Barcelona looking for internships, the usual salary, in the best of cases is usually 200 € a month.
For this and many more reasons, we, the young people have been forced to do everything possible in order to attract the attention and interest of companies and to get them to know us and take their chances on our new and innovative ideas and projects. In order to establish contact with companies, we must take advantage of any opportunity, no matter how small, to show them our projects.