‘Print 2022’ – Industry’s Future as Seen by Those Who Will Shape It

“Print 2022: Printing Changed the World - Now the World Is Changing Printing” is a book about the future of the graphic arts industry written by Rochester Institute of Technology students.

How often do you take out your crystal ball and predict how the graphic arts industry is going to have changed 10 years from now? Owners of printing companies, consultants and manufacturers all rely on their futuristic visions to determine in what direction they lead their companies in the marketplace and to guide future investments.

At RIT, I had the privilege of taking the “Printing Industry Trends” course with Frank Romano. Learning from Frank is an experience that I will never forget and will always cherish. My class was comprised of master’s students from around the world in the Print Media program.

On the first day of class, Frank casually mentioned our main assignment was to create a book in 11 weeks. The topic was to write about how we see the future of the printing industry in the year 2022. After looking around the room at each other, we knew he was not kidding and it was time to get to work.

I would like to present you our book—titled, “Print 2022: Printing Changed the World – Now the World Is Changing Printing.” In this publication, we break down each of the major market segments and predict how they will have changed 10 years down the road. I believe such a compilation of insights from students who will be the future leaders of our industry is a valuable resource, and I hope you enjoy reading it. (Download the PDF file.)

If you have any questions or would like to comment on any of our predictions, please feel free to do so. I look forward to hearing what you think will change over the course of the next 10 years and in what ways.

Nick Gawreluk is product manager of integrated solutions at Mimeo. His passion for print has spanned across the globe to South America and Europe in addition to many unique work experiences inside the United States.

He enjoys sharing his insight and involvement within the industry and is always searching for new experiences. Nick’s goal is to lead his generation into the future of the printing industry.
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  • Ryan Testa

    Nick – awesome book; I’ll be sharing this will some non-believers in the industry. Congrats!

  • Carl Gerhardt

    Thank you for posting this message and including a pdf copy of your excellent book. This is great information especially coming from those of you who shape the future of our industry. I to will be sharing this within our franchise network as we help our franchise members navigate these changing waters.
    Hats off to you and your fellow authors. I am sure Frank is justly proud of your work.

  • Dan Halmar

    Fabulous resource, thanks for sharing! Looks like there is great opportunity to thrive by morphing into the the "Industrial" sector, as well as keeping on the cutting-edge of the Packaging and Signage markets.

  • AllegraSTP

    Great info Nick, what advice would you give to a small print company? Which direction would you move a traditional business with color copiers, wide format, and small 2-color offset presses?

  • Ed Keenan

    Interesting read Nick. As young people entering the field you come with less attachment to certain product types and are more willing to throw certain product and service lines"under the bus" than some of us older more set in our ways persons. I do not share your belief that the USPS is going away by 2022. For National Security, legal transactions, government necessity and a variety of other reasons, I believe we will continue to have a national delivery system. All we need is one good blackout or communications breakdown before we all appreciate some of the more traditional means of communication. Also, direct mail is still far more effective on a piece by piece basis than email or social media.
    Conditions will change for print but it will not go away. I still listen to radio daily.