Industry Insiders: Creative Pros Weigh in on the Future of Digital Media & Graphic Design

In this new column, asks leading graphic designers and filmmakers and other industry insiders to weigh in on what’s happening in their industry in 2014 and beyond.

Founder/president of motion graphics talent agency, Sharpe + Associates, John Sharpe.

Founder/president of motion graphics talent agency, Sharpe + Associates, John Sharpe.

Digital Media Industry Insider Q&A:

Name: John Sharpe,

Title: Founder/president of bi-coastal motion graphics artists and photography talent agency, Sharpe + Associates

Hometown: Farmington, NM
First-ever job: Stock boy in a 7-11 store.
First job in the industry: Assistant Account Executive at Bozell & Jacobs, Houston TX
What music you are currently listening to: “Whatever is on the Pandora station of the day– today it’s OK Go.”
A motion graphics artist who is inspiring you right now: Sebas and Clim
Briefly, tell us what the future holds for your industry in 2014 and beyond:

“If only I knew!! One thing is certain: technology is going to continue to allow more production to be accomplished with fewer people. People with broad skill sets who can conceptualize, create and deliver work without having to depend on or hire other people for elements/stages in the process will have the best chance to survive. Budgets will continue to face downward pressure.”

Read our full-length article featuring Sharpe and his discussion about the future of digital media here.

Sebas and Clim: 2013 Motion Graphics Reel

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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