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?
P.S. How has digital media changed your creative life? Leave a comment below.