Nowadays, more and more big-name newspapers and magazines are moving into the World Wide Web, seeing more readership online than in print. Some even stop printing altogether to go full-blown digital. It makes us wonder, is print a dying industry, and are print designers in danger?

A print designer’s skills are too basic and not interactive enough in a world where everything digital seems to flourish so fast. Compared to websites that often load in just seconds, print designers are seen as slower paced.

There are times when you resent or embrace being a print designer. Starting out in print will allow you to see a bigger picture of things rather than a narrow-sighted one. But then, it can be discouraging for those who started out in print to make the sudden switch to the Web. Well, it was absolutely intimidating at first, but now, not so much.

The web design world is currently suspended in a minimalist binge. For now, it seems to work for most people. We’ve stripped our sites bare and freed them from heavy, excessive graphics. This easily plays into the hands of the print designer who seldom has the luxury to deal with these kinds of things.

In print, ‘the simpler, the better’, and this mantra is becoming quite popular in the web design industry.

Newsweek

newsweek

Newsweek is a well-known publication and, at one time, a printed publication. In 2012, they decided to join the digital world and started offering their news exclusively online. Of course, it comes as no surprise that many of their layouts and a lot of their stories are print-inspired. It’s what they know, after all.

Assembly

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Assembly starts as an introduction to the brand. As you scroll down further, you’ll get a moving picture set and a new headline for each piece. It’s reminiscent to flashcards which allow you to learn new things, and we think this may be a borrowed concept here. As you continue to scroll down, you’ll see columns of text, which is quite similar to what we know in print.

Coastal Conservation

Coastal conservation

The initial text on this website is laid out as if it’s on a piece of paper that’s on top of the header phone. Scroll down further and you’ll notice the styling of the actual content that’s quite similar to what we see in books. There’s a wonderful added touch with the drop cap, which was obviously made popular in print.

Magentur

magentur

Magentur is a digital print agency that utilizes a good mix of what’s native to the Web and what’s native to print. The bold headlines and flat, block colors help set up tones of print design. The great hover effects and shadows on some elements add some character and show us the web design side of things. While this design is still heavily based off print, this is a wonderful way to show how to mix the two.

Exponent PR

exponent

Exponent PR did a great job of borrowing various concepts from print genres, including water color and illustration. The website has some elements that are native to the Web and have some layouts that will remind you of quick pieces in magazines and books.

 

Freytag Anderson

freytag anderson

Freytag Anderson uses a kind of layout that you don’t see quite often in other websites. It’s rather unbalanced and there are some elements that are on top of one another. However, consistency is kept with the headlines and the copy that seems to take a page from other pages.

Young & Hungry

young and hungry

Young & Hungry is a site to love! The color palette is neutral enough to put emphasis in the most important places. It’s a well-designed website that looks much like a page from a simple brochure.

Plans and Politics

plans and politics

This is quite an unorthodox approach to web design. It seems like it’s this big picture with different pieces of text on it that you navigate via the box on the top left side of the screen. It’ll remind you of a map that has some descriptions on it, while the navigation is the map key.

Fitz Fitzpatrick

fitz fitzpatrick

The most interesting part of this site is the border surrounding the site’s window. This is something you see a lot in print design to make things stand out. It’s amazing how this was incorporated almost unknowingly in the web design.

Made Together

made together

This website is great because it’s very simple and has little to no fluff. It’s easy to read and understand and it’s not hard to figure out exactly what they’re selling. There are no distractions and again, that’s something standardized in print. The layout also seems to be rooted, as there are many headlines with centered body text to help us categorize our sections better.