For the past decade, freelancing websites like Fiverr and crowdsourcing sites like 99designs have caused massive disruption in the graphic design industry. Some of the changes have been good – it’s easier than ever to find a graphic designer, especially for small businesses, it’s easy to break into the industry, just make an account, and of course Google has made it easier than ever to learn how to design.
With that said, inexpensive freelancers on Fiverr and similar websites have developed a reputation for providing low quality, often stolen and reworked designs.
Then there’s the designer’s perspective, where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to earn a decent wage. With time, hiring methods and wages should stabilize, but, the role an artist or designer has will be quite different.
When it comes to the future of graphic design, the big thing on everyone’s mind is animation and VR. Print media is on its way out, digital media is rapidly becoming the future of graphic design. For more on that and what else to expect, we asked a group of industry experts…
What’s The Future Of Graphic Design?
Here’s what they had to say…
Vladimir Gendelman, Founder & CEO of Company Folders, Inc
“The future of graphic design is going to be elevated to new heights by being fused with augmented reality and eventually, 3D printing.
Augmented reality and virtual reality experiences allow people to get inside the experience whether it’s for recreational, educational or occupational purposes. Designers will be in charge of creating those worlds for people to join. By the same token, augmented reality will also allow designers to unchain themselves from their desks and design on the go or incorporate more real-world elements.
3D printing will force designers to stay updated on industry trends and move faster. As this technology becomes available to the masses, the need for quality designs will be greater, but people will expect them faster.”
Adam Kleinberg , CEO & Co-founder of Traction
Pj Richardson, Creative Director & Co-Owner of Laundry
Virtual reality will be fully functional via contact lens or brain implants and will require a new type of interactive-meets-motion graphics-meets-filmmaking approach to graphic design.
Economically, the industry will work like YouTube — commoditized, but with standout influencers and specialists who really shine and distinguish themselves around cultural interests of that moment.”
Chelsey Moter, Marketing Coordinator for the Arizona Grand Resort
A great way to produce content that’s easier for users to understand and faster to comprehend are through images, infographics, memes, quote cards, slideshows, and even videos. As for the future of graphic design, I think artists are going to see an increase in the need for visual content more than traditional elements of graphic design.”
Miguel Lee, Partner/Creative Director of Midnight Sherpa
Specialized and highly technical methods of executing work inevitably become simple “buttons,” empowering designers to realize their vision and build richer and more meaningful experiences without technological hindrances. The battlefield for high-end execution will continue to evolve away from a heavy-lifting contest and into a chess game.
This accessibility will also lead to a noisier design landscape, resulting in a higher premium on creating disruptive work to cut through that noise.”
Calvin Carter , Owner, Graphic designer, & Web Development at Logomazing
The user will begin looking at weather, a bright sunny day, then virtually pick an outfit for the day only to realize, I don’t have sunglasses! The next graphic displays choices of sunglasses that match the selected outfit and how they look on the user.
Graphic designers will need to create every design in this layered format realizing they can’t say, buy these sunglasses. The future population will be so blind to explicit advertising, they’ll be rendered completely useless.”
Jake Smith , Founder of Productviz
This technology-centered approach will increase designers reliance on computer aided design, pushing graphic design away from traditional tools and more into the virtual world. This shift will be accompanied by more niche professional experts, instead of generalist designers.”