CREATED for Computer Arts Projects, this was to illustrate the different levels of studios that designers have. Looking at this, my set up is pretty much the same as the one on top floor. I don’t have a great deal of fancy equipment with which to do my work with. My current set up consists of a iMac 24″ (doubles as a TV, so hence the large size) a Canon scanner (A4) a Wacom tablet (the smallest one, A6, can’t afford bigger one yet), printer and last but by no means at all least, three back up hard drives, I have a 500gb, 250gb and 120gb (plus the 250 on my computer) Having back up files is vital, I once heard someone say one a podcast ‘If you don’t have two copies of a file, you don’t have it’ I like that, I have copies of all my work, at least three of each job, one of each on hard drive, DVD and saved on webspace.
Some people think you need to have the fastest, most powerful machine out there to do design, or that you must have a Mac, nonsense, the first machine I did illustration work on was a Bondi iMac (I chose a Mac because that’s what I was used to) I think it had 256megs RAM, may have been as little as 128! BUT, I ran Illustrator and Photoshop, it did the job perfectly. Of course software has moved on a lot since Illustrator 8 and photoshop 5, so in turn has the hardware. You can now buy computers for a fraction of the price that will blow that old iMac out the water.
Now with Illustrator CS4 hitting the shelves I was debating whether to upgrade, but what I have does the job, can I really justify spending money to upgrade when I don’t really need it? Probably not. Think I’ll stick to what I have.
I guess what I’m trying to say, is that you don’t need that super computer to do design or illustration work, an expensive machine isn’t going to make you a better designer, more important than the equipment is passion, good ideas and a burning desire to create. If you have those, you’ll do great design no matter what equipment you have.