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Computers + Design

“Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking” -Milton Glaser

If you were to stroll through the Art and Design building of George Mason, or the art building of any college/school for that matter, you would see rows and rows of computers. This may not have been the case twenty years ago, or my entire lifetime. Now, learning the adobe suite along with other programs is crucial if you want to have a job as a graphic designer. The cirriculum of this major has drastically changed and it continues to develop along with the current software’s updates. Since using computers is a required skill of being a graphic design student, many of us rely on technology. It’s nice to be able to simply press “Ctrl+Z” (I’m a PC) when a mistake is made, or see how that shape looks a few pixels to the right instead of getting out the good old eraser. However, I really love the quote above by Milton Glaser. We are all fully capable of creating good design without a computer. For me, I discovered my love of design by doodling and making cards by hand. All of the principles and rules of design can be applied anywhere, to anything. Computers definitely make it easier for us to design more efficiently, but sometimes it’s nice to take a step back from the keyboard.



  1. nmonton001 wrote:

    My parents are from another country and we have a very large age gap between us. When I try to explain to them what graphic design is they just cannot grasp the concept. “You just draw pictures on the computer? I can do that without the computer!” My dad always teases that I take the easy way by designing on the computer. I guess he just values the work it takes to create art by hand. Its more hardcore.

    Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:47 am | Permalink
  2. ogroves wrote:

    This is definitely true. I certainly enjoy graphic design and appreciate the flexibility that computers allow us, but when I can’t get something to work and become frustrated, my decompression tool is to step away, grab a pencil, and draw something by hand.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink
  3. Pete wrote:

    I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Milton Glaser quote.

    One of the things that my experience and education (which dates back to 2001) has showed me is the fact that creativity and design thinking happens without the necessity of a computer.

    For instance, I remember the first days of my education that we were ‘forbidden’ to use a computer. Or, how happy I was those days when I had to use (only) materials such as, pencils, watercolors, pastels, and various papers.

    Nowadays, it’s only computers – Adobe – as well as, other software.

    Missed those good ‘old’ days!!!

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 3:34 am | Permalink