Keeping Up with Technology

As I’ve said many times before, I don’t touch computers. I know it’s bad, but personally I’m slow to learn about technology.  I’m the person who believes a fridge should last a lifetime.  But I’m trying and recently purchased a mini IPad, which no surprise I’m finding very frustrating (Preston Bailey and I made a bet, if he learns how to drive, I will learn computers). 

On the other hand my professional life has been computerized for a while.   My office has used computers for the last 35 years leading the way when no one in the design industry had computers.   Now computers have become the driving force in residential and commercial offices.  Hand drafting is a thing of the past. Personally, I thought people were faster and more involved in what they were designing without computers.

I agree with most architects or designers who feel you are less creative if you don’t sketch by hand.

A sketch from my Amsterdam travels

But as I move and grow with the times, I am always flabbergasted that after 5 years computers need to be changed or upgraded. Now computers are just one more expenditure.

Right now, as I sit and sign two very big checks to replace 80% of the computers in the office I think to myself, “what was wrong with the past?”

I use programs AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sage Peachtree and Design Manager. What programs do you use in your office?


4 comments


  • I will always love hand drawing, but that’s because I am an oil painter too. I think at some point it will become such a rarity that it will be special part of the design experience I can offer clients. As for accounting, that’s another story. I am really looking into Studio Webware, which is just cloud based. Anything I can be taught how to do well, I will like. I guess that’s why I still enjoy hand drawing?

    May 01, 2013
  • Gary Nelling

    These are really lovely evocative drawings. I also believe that drawing is a great way of learning as well as representing.

    May 17, 2013
  • I used to rail against CAD and photoshop etc. when I was in undergrad at the University of Texas. I felt like computers took all the creativity out of art and design. But what I eventually realized was that a tool like photoshop is just that – a tool. It’s still completely reliant on the creative ability of it’s user. Now I use programs like SketchUP for client presentations and I’ve found them to be remarkably good at communicating a design vision to the client!

    May 20, 2013
  • Hello Mr. Hill, Yes, I agree with you but I find that young people out of school do not know how to draft. It’s all about the computers. I still draw and I find it to be more inspiration. Your outlook is the right one.

    June 24, 2013

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