Printing was once something that dominated the world of advertising and literature alike. A system that survived for thousands, perhaps millions of years as a way for humans to describe what they saw and share it for future generations. Now, print has given way to the digital age, and while it still holds true to what it was originally designed to do, the world that we live in and print is much different than it was.
As someone that has seen the decline of print publishing, I can safely say that there are both good and bad aspects. On one hand, you get a lot less waste both during the process and after the piece is being read, but on the negative side you get people glued to screens much more often than simply reading physical copies of books.
Is the fact that we are spending more and more time in front of screens rather than reading physical copies of things a good or bad thing? Well it’s both. Our lives have changed in such a way that we do not have as much time to sit down with a good book, and must often get our news on the run. Our phones have reached heights that are almost unimaginable, and print has followed suit.
Print may be in its twilight, but that is only because the world has pushed it that way. If people are willing to sit down and take time out of the business of life, print may once again serve a purpose.