I am a lover of the printed page. Always have been, always will be. I love the feel of the paper. I love to place a bookmark (handmade, of course) between the leaves to mark where I will resume reading when I pick it up again.
I love saving magazines to re-read and tearing out pages to pin to my idea board or slip into my project file. I love the smell of freshly printed ink.
On the other hand…lately I find I rely more and more on digital media and devices for my reading, communicating, and creating. What once were just cool toys to me are now cool time- and space-saving tools. I can store downloads on my computer or handheld device and read much of what I like for leisure or need for work on my iPad or Kindle. No shelf-space required! (And no shipping costs, either.)
When I'm in the studio, I don't have to hunt for an article I want to refer to: it's right there on my computer. I can pull it up, go right to the piece I want, and zoom in and out at will. Digital technology also makes it easier for me to work and relax when I travel because I can take my "library" with me everywhere I go. And if I download an article to my computer, I can always print it out, if I want.
In fact, I'll admit it: there's many a day I wonder how I ever got along without digital technology, I'd be lost. And I know many of you feel the same way because Quilting Arts' digital publications such as digital subscriptions, our eMag, and DVDs are so popular.
But, do I see myself going completely digital anytime soon? That would be like saying I no longer need to see my friends in person because I chat with them on Facebook. Digital media and tactile media both play significant roles in my creative life. Why choose one or the other when you can have both?