NEW YORK—May 14, 2013. AIGA’s Design
Leaders Confidence Index was unchanged for the first quarter of 2013,
at 101.62 compared to the previous quarter’s 101.72. While the aggregate number
is not statistically different, there is optimism in the details: responses
to specific questions within the survey suggest confidence that both the
general economy and the design economy are improving.
Only 6.1 percent of respondents believe the economy as a
whole has worsened in the past six months, with slightly more (6.7 percent)
estimating that the design economy was worse in March than it had been in October.
More than half of respondents (56 percent) believe the general economy has
improved moderately or substantially, while 51.3 percent provided the same
positive assessment for the demand for design.
Looking ahead, 59.8 percent of respondents believe the national
economy will improve moderately or substantially over the next six months; only
2.8 percent feared it would worsen. As for design, nearly as many felt the
demand for design services would also improve by October (55.6 percent). Only
3.4 percent thought it would worsen, and then only moderately.
In terms of hiring and growth, those professing the same or
an increased likelihood of hiring additional staff today (compared with three
months ago) is nearly universal at
88.8 percent. Roughly 93 percent believe their likelihood of investing in
hardware and software is also the same or better.
The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence™, which asks similar questions of corporate CEOs, continued
to improve as well. The Measure now reads 54, up from 46 in the previous
quarter (a reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative
responses). CEOs’ short-term outlook is also more optimistic: 32 percent of
business leaders expect economic conditions to improve over the next six
months, up from 23 percent last quarter. Expectations for their own industries
are also more upbeat, with 33 percent of CEOs anticipating an improvement in
conditions in the months ahead, up from 19 percent in the fourth quarter of
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