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36 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2018 "Where have all the designers gone, long time passing?" With apologies to Peter, Paul & Mary, the answer is that a lot of us are still here. Yes, many designers have retired, and sadly, we've seen some pass away, but there are still many seasoned professional PCB layout designers hidden in plain sight and working away. Questions like this are often grouped together with questions about what has happened to our industry. All together, they are usually part of a larger discussion about "the good ol' days," and people lamenting how things just aren't the way they used to be. But we have to ask ourselves, "Do we really want things to be the way that they used to be? Do we really want to lay out high-density routing using tape and dollies on a light table?" I certainly don't. So I would suggest that the changes we are seeing in our industry today are a good thing. Everything in life goes through changes. If it's living, it's grow- ing, and if it's grow- ing, it's changing. We should all be more worried about time when there aren't any changes in our lives, or our careers, for that matter. Have you ever worked for a company where everything was the "same old same old," and nothing ever changed? I've been there, as I'm sure many of you have too. T hat gradual descent from a growing company to a stag- Where Have All the Designers Gone (and Who Will Be Taking Their Place)? Tim's Takeaways Feature Column by Tim Haag, CONSULTANT Figure 1: Looking cool in 1978. Looking cool was easy for me 40 years ago.

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