Packaged software is going away!
This is not new news to anyone. More companies are delivering their product over the web, directly to phone, or whatever, whenever. I am in agreement that you don’t need to go to store to get your webware or software. It sounds so old doesnt it? But as a designer though it sure is nice to see your work on the box sitting on shelf in a store. You can actually go to the box pick up and show your family and say, “Look see this, this is what i did” “this is the product that I worked on”, “this is what I was spending my hours doing”. There certainly is a bit of thrill being able to do this. Sure you can send out a link to family and friends of your website but it just does not have the same impact or feeling.
I guess many record producers and album designers felt that same way when things were moving to cassette or dvd’s. I would classify this as more of a craftsmanship type mentality. You care about what you make you are proud of what you do and you beam when you see it on the shelf. Maybe I am old school but its just not the same for a website.
My box shot is out there for QuickBooks 2010 – in stores near you. But of course there are online shots too. Specifically I did the company snapshot design.