Mindset of a Web Design and Illustration Past
Posted on August 26, 2012
I have relics. It’s that simple. Relics in terms of mindset and how I work and use equipment. My personal philosophy is never buy anything from Apple at full price and buy a version behind. My personal and professional philosophy has been to buy as big and fast as you can, so you’re not annoyed with the “beach ball of death” when working in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. And large, honking machines meant G5 towers and 8-12 GBs of memory and 2 large monitors. Command central for my web design and illustration awesomeness.
The problem is that nowadays with the scale of technological growth and the mobility of working, connecting, collaborating, and consuming, my mindset has changed . I can and do work anywhere regardless if there is an internet connection. I don’t want to be tied to a traditional office and stare at metal and Formica furniture. I don’t work on a production line. Even the traditional production line has changed! The other problem is that this PowerPC that I have at home for my personal web design and illustration awesomeness mostly sleeps. The MacBook Pro that I bought several years back, refurbished and at a discount, gets more action even though it’s a 17 inch laptop and weighs as much as a toddler. Another issue with this PowerPC and my personal and professional philosophy is that I bought that sucker right before Apple went to Intel. Doh! The hardware and software can only be upgraded so far and I can’t bring it with me easily.
What am I hanging onto with this personal and professional philosophy about machines? The type of work that I do? Workflow? File sizes? In reality I only do video and animation work at work. And for that type of work I use the tower—at work. I mainly work in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop is relegated to web page images. The photos that I do edit once they are released from digital purgatory come from my second-hand Leica Digilux 1. Working on those photos aren’t going to make the fans fail. Why do I keep dusting the PowerPC? I barely turn it on. It has a secondary drive that is 1TB and holds my work and music files. At this point in my life, only the personal photos and the music files are relevant. Everything else can go!
Frank Chimero had a post over a year ago about the same issue and it’s been in the background of my mind for some time. I need to look at what I do, how I do it, and where I do it and leave the old philosophy behind. Everybody knows that spear that the Nazis coveted was a bunch of propaganda anyway. The mindset worked at the time to convince people that it was special and had powers, but eventually it shed it’s true light. Just like my old philosophy has shed it’s own light. These machines that I coveted and the way in which I worked are the relics of a mindset that is no longer relevant.
Am I still concerned about power and performance? Absolutely. However, I’m more interested in flexibility. I want technology to support my life rather than define it. Did I feel limited with my stationary objects back then when I purchased the PowerPC and laptop? Nope. I don’t really think so and if there were any times that I felt limited they were probably few in number. When I look back though I see how it defined my life and when and where I worked. I see it more clearly now because my personal and professional mindset has changed. I am much more interested in flexibility and being on-the-go. I want to go. Walking the same goat path everyday has gotten really old. There is so much more to experience and I don’t want or need to wait to get home or to work to able to share ideas digitally.