I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

One Year Later, the iPad Is Still My Favorite Computer

Up until a few weeks ago I’ve often found myself ask­ing the ques­tion below:

Why won’t you admit that you can only use the iPad for real work because you’re a writer?

Per­haps one could be jus­ti­fied in ask­ing it. A lot of the peo­ple demon­strat­ing the iPad is good for work­ing on tend to be writ­ers, peo­ple who just require a text edi­tor and a key­board to pro­duce some­thing. Of course each time I come across answers sim­i­lar to this:

I didn’t expect this self-inter­view to get so com­bat­ive. But if you’re so sure that the iPad can’t be used for oth­er cre­ative expres­sion, you might want to take it up with peo­ple like Cyn­thia Wick and Glen Mulcahy.

A cou­ple of weeks ago I expe­ri­enced this first hand. Each sum­mer I do a beach mis­sion in North Wales, every year we end up mak­ing things at the last minute to suit the needs which no amount of plan­ning could fore­see. This year what was the device I used to do the work? My iPad. My Mac­Book Pro sat upstairs in it’s case for pret­ty much the entire time. I wrote talks on my iPad, I made pre­sen­ta­tions and I planned ses­sions. My friend, he drew pic­tures to tell bible sto­ries. Not once did we require a Mac or PC to do it. It was a real eye open­er to the pow­er of the iPad as a com­put­er that can be used for work.

So will I leave my Mac­Book Pro at home next sum­mer? As a free­lance design­er the only thing that stops me doing this, and per­haps my biggest dis­ap­point­ment with the iPad at the moment, is that there is no soft­ware akin to InDe­sign or Illus­tra­tor that would let me. Yet…