Is Print Dead? (Infographic)

We all know the newspaper industry has been hit long before the economic downturn of 2009.  As a magazine designer for a newspaper company, I was curious about how the industry is doing as a whole: What parts of the industry have the most growth?  Where are the jobs?  Is employment falling?  How do books, magazines, and newspapers compare with “new media”?

Here are some stats showing a few of the more interesting sectors packaged with some editorial illustration. Make sure you check out the references for links to more numbers coming out of the industry.

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Print isn’t dead. The classic rules of newspaper layout can also teach us about graphic designer: the best newspaper page designs have clear headlines, excellent flow, relate photos to their stories and have informative captions that add more to the related stories.

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.

The Journey to Freelance Graphic Design (Infographic)

Tired of your old day job? Even though you’re a designer doing pretty well, you could be more independent and have more control. This infographic by plots out the steps you need to take to build up your clientele and say goodbye to your boss. Have you made the journey or at least are thinking about it? Tell us your experiences in the comments

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Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.

Designing Something You Hate?

I ♥ Graphic Design

I ♥ Graphic Design by Craig Keeling

How do you deal with that tough design project?  The one that you probably shouldn’t have taken onto in the first place.  Or it’s the part of the project that you knew would be least fun. Whatever the reason, you don’t want to work on this project.  This could even apply to a full time job or your whole career.  Here’s a few tips on how to deal

Stay positive.

Your positive attitude can be infectious. If it’s that project where the client is never happy, maybe it’s just that they don’t know what happiness looks like.  Point out the positive elements to yourself and others.  Don’t spend your time away from it complaining. Or at least limit your complaints. Your family likes you better when you’re focused on the upside.


A plan can make something you hate turn into at least something you can bare until the check clears. Figure out an escape plan, detailing all the steps from here until the end of the project.  If you have an exit route in place, you might find that it’s not so bad after all.

Find time for what you enjoy.

If you could afford to quit, you probably would have by now.  You agreed to the work for a reason.  But it shouldn’t consume your life.  Take the time out of every day to do something that truly makes you happy and takes your mind away to your happy place.

Learn from the experience. 

Next time you’re faced with taking up work you don’t want to do, remember this day.  Do whatever it takes to never have to tackle the nightmare project again.  If your full time job is one nightmare after another, it’s time to move on.  Figure out your exit plan.  Fire your trouble clients.  Get away from the boss you hate. Don’t get away from one situation just to end up in a similar situation elsewhere.

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in a creative field?

I remember what it was like, a new designer fresh out of high school starting my first job doing typesetting and design for a local business.  If there is anything I would share, it’s that you can learn from anyone and everyone around you. Be a sponge and don’t dismiss anyone young or old, new or not.  There’s so much to learn no matter how long you’ve been doing it. Now I’m working on local magazines for a nationally known company and have creative freedom and lots of fun at work. And I’m still pushing harder than ever to grow and get better.  Chime in with your own advice and experiences.

  • “The advice I would give someone who is just starting out in a creative field would be to know exactly where your end goal is and how you plan to get there. Creative fields are difficult, competative and very stressful. If you don’t know where you want to end up or even how to get there, you’ll be eaten alive.”

    Tearra Marie (@AhorashiiKagome) is an inspiring singer/song writer, actress, and novelist who blogs daily her writings and struggles in the music and publishing world at

  • “The *most* important thing is to launch stuff ASAP. Success is mostly a numbers game — the more you try, the more likely a successful outcome.”

    Paul Singh (@paulsingh) is an entrepreneur and advisor to startups doing interesting stuff. He blogs at

  • “Find out from other freelancers how much things cost and what to expect before diving in. Save up your money for the most necessary. Don’t go into debt. Don’t pay for the un-necessities. Seek the really good clients by requiring contract and down- payment requirements before beginning. It is easier to keep a good client on by treating them well and doing a great job for them, than to try to get a new one.”

    Lisa C. Jackson ( is owner of a Company Identity Solopreneurship, Lisa Jackson Design, and helps small local businesses to succeed.

Chime in with your own advice and experiences.

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.

Introducing the Uncanny Creativity Podcast

Last week, the first episode of the new Uncanny Creativity Podcast was released.  It’s a productivity podcast for artists, designers and other creative professionals. This is a rebranding and update of the SketcheeBook Podcast, so technically this is episode 21 and I’ve kept the old numbering scheme.  You can subscribe to the show for FREE through iTunes or in a reader by rss.

If you’re not familiar with podcasts, check out my article on how to listen to podcasts

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.