Death of the Print-Only Designer

Interesting article worth checking out by Paper Leaf. Here is an excerpt. Read entire article...

The print-only freelance designer is a dying breed. There, I said it.

If you’re a freelance designer who doesn’t have web-related skills, you best add that arrow to your quiver or you’re going to be left in the dust.

Freelance designers who only operate in the print realm aren’t long for this world.


The digital realm is growing and spreading, and at the expense of the print world. As the opportunities for print work shift over to digital work, so do those print jobs.


The numbers show the shift: Amazon sold 143 ebooks for every 100 hardcover books in the second quarter of 2010.
In the music industry, album sales fell 12.7% in 2009 while digital singles rose 8.3% and digital albums rose 16.1% (source). These are only two industries, but two big ones – and they point towards the growing trend towards digital over print.
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