How lovely to be warm again. It’s gorgeous here in Tucson right now and that’s a fact.
I’m hoping that the lovely weather holds through the Gem Show, the party, the photoshoots. Weather is exciting but outdoor parties are the best parties, and dry shows are the best shows.
It’s great to be back in the photo zone as well. I do all of my photography here in Tucson, at the same spot, in a white photo tent in natural light. Here are a few samples I’ve been working on for the new section for CGB Volume I and the upcoming Free Pattern Library.
These are simple Zigged Bands, tied up as flowers.
These are the same two flowers in both photos, and each shot shows opposite sides/orientations.
You may know that I’m a Mac user. I am just exactly old enough to remember the Dawn Of Personal Computing, the 100MB hard drive, the floppy disc. I was 21 in this year, 1984, and Steve Jobs was 29. I got a glimpse of computer cards and mainframes, and then was in the world of personal computing, and that was that. I’ve been a Mac user since 1991. Long time.
I was astonished to watch this presentation and see Mac Paint (the precursor of the entire Adobe Creative Suite) demonstrated for the first time. Copying and pasting between documents, actual FONTS instead of daisy-wheel driven typefaces. Steve’s answers to questions ask him to predict the future: “Will there ever be a Mac with more than 256K RAM?”
People who use Windows on PCs these days may not be aware of the role that these visionaries played. Just the concept of providing an architecture and encouraging other developers to write for it was revolutionary. It turned things upside down and sideways, and the concept formed my professional mindset and continues to drive my work to this day.
I cried a little bit at 1:18:22, when Steve Jobs looked at the eight people flanking him, and said,
“Remember when you use a Macintosh, these are the people that did it. And they are sort of … hiding out in that ROM.”
I really feel that.
When this guy describes the upcoming schedule, I am RIGHT THERE, in 1984, signing up on a paper slip for a Usegroup, thrilling to the Revolution.