And we figured out that 95 percent of designers that have ever lived are alive right now.” So how did he arrive at such a number? His father, a true scientist, would not stop until they had a quantifiable figure in their hands and, together, they had worked out the numbers using data provided by Berman’s many professional associations.
— words & image by David Berman
Assuming this figure is relatively the same for illustrators & cartoonists—meaning, there are 20x more people doing the same work as you, as there were a generation ago—I’m curious; how does this figure make you feel? Optimistic? Terrified of the competition? Dispirited?
How do you feel about having 20x more competition in your field than you may have had 30 years ago?