Computers and the internet have brought both challenges and opportunities to the publishing industry. However, given the launch of numerous online magazines and newspapers - and those to be viewed on mobile phones and tablet computers - career prospects for designers look rosy.
Dave Ho, art director of A Creative, which mainly deals with layout design for magazines, welcomes what lies ahead. "The market has definitely become bigger with the addition of online and mobile phone versions for people on the move. Nowadays, designers have to be flexible [to work across platforms]," he says.
The core duty of a designer is to arrange contents in a way that appeals to the reader and increases readability. But the job is about more than just improving