Design & Craftsmanship

Home to companies like Sweetwater Sound, Vera Bradley, Smith Brothers of Berne, Matilda Jane Clothing and high-performing architectural and graphic design firms, Northeast Indiana is a destination for business looking to benefit from or join the growth of the creative economy.

Northeast Indiana’s emerging design & craftsmanship industry encompasses three areas:

  1. Specialty consumer products 
  2. Spatial design and creative
  3. Technology services

Northeast Indiana is a magnet for creative talent. We are on the leading edge of change, and that creates unique energy to grow your business.

A Booming Creative Economy

Global Impact

The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Creative Economy estimates that creative industries represent up to 12 percent of global GDP.


Arts United’s Creative Economic Impact Report estimated 18,551 individuals are engaged in creative work in Northeast Indiana. That’s 4.5 percent of all jobs in the region.

Corporate Taxes

Indiana’s corporate income tax rate will be reduced to 4.9 percent by 2021, which would make Indiana’s the second-lowest corporate tax rate of any state levying the tax.


Many workers active in the design & craftsmanship industry participate as self-employed contractors in addition of their full-time job. Additional jobs include:

  • Photographers
  • Writers and authors
  • Musicians and singers
  • Translators
  • Graphic Designers
  • Fine artists
List of Major Employers in Design & Craftsmanship

Source: Community Research Institute at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne

Occupational Table Design and Craftsmanship

Source: Emsi 2018.2; QCEW, Self-Employed

Talent Pipeline that Meets Your Needs

In Northeast Indiana, we not only invest in our businesses but we also invest in tomorrow’s talent today. By coupling our certified training programs with higher-education degrees specific to design & craftsmanship, we work to ensure that your company has the talent it needs to do business.

Educational Attainment

Arts United’s Creative Economic Impact Report shows that 84 percent of creatives have a certificate or degree.

Higher Education

With 13 colleges and universities in Northeast Indiana and an enrollment of over 43,000 students, an educated workforce Is available, qualified and ready.

Dual Credit

Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast provides dual credit opportunities to 6,250 students in 51 high schools and Career Center Partners in Northeast Indiana.

Specialized Degrees

Huntington University and its award-winning offer four degree options in Digital Media Arts including animation, broadcasting, film production and film studies.

Contact us to learn how the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership can help your business thrive.

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