Thursday, January 29, 2009

Always darkest before the dawn?

"Always darkest before the dawn?"

With the Lyra Symposium wrapped, I've got some work to do over the next day or so to put together numerous notes, both electronic and the old-fashioned hand-written variety, and combine those with some hopefully cogent thoughts about the goings-on at the Symposium during its last half-day.

In the meantime though, one "big picture" thought to share, especially after the last sessions, which included rather negative news about the inkjet market generally; reports on photo printing that forecast single digit percentages for captured photos printed, with photo specialty printers continuing a retreat into what I consider less-than-mainstream niches; and a Wall Street view that tracks a plethora of industry-wide woes from top to bottom among traditional players in the business.

Which all, for me, evokes the old saying, "it's always darkest before the dawn". Time will tell as far as the veracity of that statement in this situation, but it offers a thread of optimism, as does the nearly universal pessimism to the contrarians among us!


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