When I was in art school, about 4000 years ago, there were no computer classes for illustration majors, that I remember. The graphic designers all used Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark for everything. (I remember that one year when all my friends’ external drives failed (was it Seaquest? Syquest?) and how excited everyone was when the G4 processor was released). I never really felt the push to learn the programs, but it was reiterated by one of my favorite teachers, Jack Endewelt, that we should view these programs as tools that we could employ and that we shouldn’t be afraid to try them out even though we were mostly taught “Traditional Illustration” (painting, drawing, etc).
Cut to the present and I have, at this point, taught myself how to use Photoshop fairly well, but I’m still clueless when it comes to using Illustrator. I’ve only opened the program a few times to toy around with it. And I am certain that I could learn it and use it to great effect. In fact, I mean to do just that. But it’s been a long time coming. I don’t think I was ever afraid to use these programs, but I never felt that I really needed to until recently. Every time I look at the freelance job boards for some work, it seems clear that being able to use this technology is essential. And I’m okay with that because I love learning new things.
How has the switch in technology used in your field (whatever it may be) changed during your life? Are you happy about it? Angry? Ambivalent? How easy or difficult was it to change over? How do you see it changing again in the future?
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