The latest AIGA Design Leaders Confidence Index, released in a report this week, shows that creative leaders generally are more confident in market conditions than they were in the second quarter of this year, and they’re more optimistic about where the design industry is heading, business-wise. When asked to rate the current design economy vs. six months ago, roughly equal percentages said the economy is better (42.7%) or the same (47.2%), while just 10% rated the economy as worse now than it was half a year ago. From the report:
Of surveyed design leaders, 57.9 percent estimated that the economy will be better six months from now; 36.8 percent expected it to be the same; and only 5.3 percent believed it would be worse. Only 15.6 percent believed the chances of hiring staff were worse now than on July 1, 2010; only 13.8 percent believed they were less likely to purchase hardware or software than three months ago.