16 July 1988
28 years old
Living in London
Here I am at my drawing board, at work in Soho, in London. The digital age has changed the way many people work, particularly creative people: I mentioned photography the other day. The area of graphic design has also seen enormous changes. When this picture was taken very few studios used computers. Artwork was done by hand: pasting up type and leaving room for pictures that were stripped into film before plates were made.
I must confess I missed the hands on work following the widespread use of computers. I used to enjoy using brushes and markers and isograph pens, and coming home with black ink on my fingers. I guess it made me feel more like a 'real' artist.
Looking back, I believe my love of art and design lessened a little with the use of computers. Suddenly anyone who could use the software could bill themselves as a 'desktop publisher'. Many of these people had (have) no feel for type or design and do not know anything about art history, let alone have a passion for it.
But enough squabble, for I have left that world behind now. It's comforting and makes me feel a little smug to know that no matter how well a person can type and format in Word, they will have trouble passing themselves off as a 'writer'.
Thanks Mr Pink for the blog post idea!