Do You Have a Mac or PC Persona in Your Design Work?

Jan 20 2011 by Oleg Mokhov | 121 Comments

Do You Have a Mac or PC Persona in Your Design Work?

You know that "Get a Mac" ad campaign? The one where one person represents a Mac and the other a Windows PC? It’s obviously a cheeky way for Apple to differentiate itself from its competition, but the Mac versus Windows difference they portray is actually a good analogy and question for designers: When it comes to your design work, are you a Mac or a PC?

Do you want to focus on creating the absolute best designs and be more limited to the types of clients that will choose your service? Or do you want to be more prolific and have a broader mass-appeal towards clients and design projects?

Like with anything in life, there’s a natural balance: the more you do of one, the less you’ll have of the other.

Answering this question for yourself can give you greater clarity and direction with your design career. You’ll know what values are important to you and what ideals you should be striving for.

Note: For the sake of this article, the term PC shall refer to a computer running the Windows operating system, following the terminology Apple uses to refer to any computer that isn’t a Mac. We recognize that a PC (short for personal computer) technically applies to any general-purpose computer, whether it’s a Mac, Linux, or Windows machine.

Hi, I’m a Mac

Do You Have a Mac or PC Persona in Your Design Work?

A Mac of designers is someone who strives for the best design work possible, at the expense of time, cost, more projects, and possibly financial gain. A Mac is fine with a smaller market share. In 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said, "Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest."

The Mac looks for the right users; people who appreciate quality (or perceived quality), even if it means paying more for a Mac versus comparable PCs.

A Mac doesn’t sell the design work short. At a 2007 Mac event, Steve Jobs stated:

We can’t ship junk. There are thresholds we can’t cross because of who we are. And we think that there’s a very significant slice of the [market] that wants that too. You’ll find that our products are not premium priced. You price out our competitors’ products, and add features that actually make them useful, and they’re the same or actually more expensive. We don’t offer stripped-down, lousy products.

Instead of being able to do anything and everything for the client, a Mac of designers will only design certain things and in certain ways: be it a website, the logo, banners, flyers, and whatever else. "It’s my way or the highway," basically.

A Mac of designers generally will:

  • hold perfection and details to a higher standard.
  • strive to become the best at what they do.
  • be pickier when choosing clients and projects.
  • be suitable only to the "right" clients and projects.
  • have fewer projects completed.

And I’m a PC

PC

A PC of designers is someone who caters to as many clients as possible at the expense of being the best at any one thing. A PC isn’t as concerned with getting every detail right or making the absolute best and most perfect design possible. They are more concerned about getting things done on time, on budget, and as efficiently as possible. They are prolific; they can accomplish things quickly and they hold time, productivity, and value to high standards.

But the natural result of being prolific is that there won’t be as much focus on creating the best possible design. Client satisfaction may not be as high, and quality may be mediocre, but the designs work, are cost-effective, are practical, and are functional. This can be analogous to how, although Windows has a larger piece of the market, Mac users top user satisfaction surveys; Windows is happy being second as long as it has more users.

A PC of designers generally will:

  • be more flexible and will aim to be a solution to all types of projects and clients.
  • be a more prolific producer of designs.
  • balance quality, time, and cost.
  • not strive to be the best in one particular style or area of design.
  • be less focused on ideal visions and perfectionism.
  • produce fewer/no innovative design work.
  • be satisfied with status quo.

Mac or PC: Which One Is Your Persona?

Here’s a simple question you can ask yourself which will determine if you should strive to be a Mac or PC of designers. What’s more important: innovation, quality and perfection or efficiency and cost-effectiveness? The Project Triangle proposes that any given project has the options of being good, fast, and cheap — but you can only choose two options. By focusing on efficiency and cost-effectiveness, you sacrifice quality and being able to perfect your work. By sacrificing speed and cost-effectiveness, you can produce higher-quality work.

Of course, in reality, it’s not so black and white. Apple is one of the most financially successful technology companies in the world. Windows, especially with Window 7, is making their operating system slicker, simpler, and less prone to errors. However, both companies do have their priorities: be the best (Mac) or be the biggest (Windows). This priority affects the company’s core values, decisions, and direction.

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Oleg Mokhov is the world’s most mobile electronic musician and co-founder of the royalty free music store Soundtrackster. He was born in Russia, but raised in the US. Follow him on Twitter as @olegmokhov.

121 Comments

Brad Pitcher

January 20th, 2011

I’m a Linux

JesperA

January 20th, 2011

Well, use mac but qualify at all points of both Mac and PC on your lists, all depends on what projects is right for me at that given time and how much time i have free…..

dated

January 20th, 2011

Just because “I use mac to design this layout” it doesn’t mean the layout is WOW!!!!
Best design is not based on what machine you uses but more likely matter to the man behind the gun.

Diana

January 20th, 2011

“Client satisfaction may not be as high, and quality may be mediocre, but the designs work, are cost-effective, are practical, and are functional. ”

I think is not about the brand of your computer, is about the results. You can do the same design work if you build your own PC, etc. Mac computers are for design but is not a rule..

Cheers
D

Maria Porto

January 20th, 2011

I disagree with your point of view. I’ve been working as a Graphic Designer for over 10 years now and always using a PC. I think PCs are more flexibles when it comes to software and popularity. I can’t think of developing a full website project without a PC. Also most of companies run Windows – I used to work for one of the biggest companies in Latin America and there isn’t one single Mac in there! So even creative people who usually hate PCs must adapt to keep their jobs! Working with Windows doesn’t make me less of a professional or my projects less of details. On the other hand. Yes I do own a Mac but most for personal use.

Dumitru

January 20th, 2011

Wow! This article is something. I’m a PC designer, but this article motivates me to swithch sides.

Edgard

January 20th, 2011

hmmmm… let me guess: the Author uses mainly a Mac. Just another biased mac v/s pc campaign.

Kurtis

January 20th, 2011

Good article, hopefully no one takes it literally, as I did at first read. I’d have to say I have the “mac” personality, but due to expenses I’m working on a PC :(

nnm

January 20th, 2011

there is only one excuse to use mac at any type of work (especially their handicapped os x) – 13″ and sound… otherwise its a total piece of crap..

Barry

January 20th, 2011

Mac all the way!

Bfred.it

January 20th, 2011

By your definition, I’m a Mac 100%.

I can spot a website made by a Windows/Linux user from 10 feet. They’re usually detail-less and with poor design choices.
Look at WordPress’ backend, then look at Joomla’s backend.

MuskratLove

January 20th, 2011

This is one of the stupidest comparisons I have ever read and perhaps the worst exaggeration of pc/mac “difference”.

Stick to the music Oleg…

Six Revisions–stupid/useless crap like this waters down your otherwise good content, I’ve been seeing a trend lately…sigh.

Aman

January 20th, 2011

Im a Mac. . . MacPro Quad to be Exact. I used to be a PC. Many years ago. I only use Mac for the OS. If Mac OSX ran on a PC, maybe. . .mayyyyyybbee, I might use it. Mac’s can take a beating and a few drops too.

Andrew

January 20th, 2011

Everyone realizes this post is metaphorical, not an actual commentary on Mac vs. PC, right? In drawing this comparison, there is clearly room & need in the industry for designers who fit into both the Mac or PC metaphors, without it being an insult to either type.

gedit:labs

January 20th, 2011

The world isn’t black and white…

Acapulco Mexico

January 20th, 2011

I use a PC, but for lack of funds, I would use MACA, because when I worked with MAC work more comfortable.

Purple Lotion

January 20th, 2011

Bfred: I can spot a Macintosh user from 100 feet by the sense of misplaced superiority and arrogance :-)

Jumpship

January 20th, 2011

lol. i think alot of us are missing the point…its not a MAC vs PC post…

….although……..

Macs can suck it.

Young

January 20th, 2011

@Bfred.it: I highly doubt you can spot them. That’s a gross generalization you’re making, and since there’s nothing you can do on a Mac that you can’t do on a PC design-wise, I don’t see how the machine you use determines your design. If you ask me, it has almost everything to do with how good / detail-oriented designer YOU are, not what you’re using.

I use all three, Windows, Mac and Linux on a daily basis, so I thought the article itself was a disgusting, pigeonholing troll-trip and the type of stupid comments I’m seeing is no surprise.

I will say that because Macs have better displays, there are errors you won’t catch on a PC but you will on a Mac, like infinitesimal color differences. With smart planning, however, you can solve them from a PC.

All three major OS’s have pros and cons. Macs are NOT “better in every way” and if you believe that, then you’re an idiot who doesn’t know what the other OS’s are capable of.

Apple News Blog

January 20th, 2011

I prefer Mac over PC.

Jim

January 20th, 2011

you could add “have delusions of grandeur” to the mac bullet points.

but i’m a pc… typing from my work-issued mac.

Arturo

January 20th, 2011

First of all, your analogy SUCKS. I am just starting in the design and development but for my overall experience I can tell you that Macs are not as good as people think they are. I dont know why designers think a Mac is essential to their work. It has nothing to do w/ OS you use, it is about the hard work and talent. But answering your question I think I’m both and neither at the same time, it is a huge mistake to be blindfolded in a business where you mostly have to adapt to your work (market) and not the other way around.

Bri Manning

January 20th, 2011

@Brad – Ha, amazing first response, well done.

Jordi

January 20th, 2011

Whatever the OS may be. The software being used will be the same for the biggest part (eg; Creative Suite). Besides that, the article is full of opinions about usergroups witch are probably not based on facts (research). So I’d say: dont post this kind of things, it affects the overall quality…

Sergei Tatarinov

January 20th, 2011

Bad metaphor but this article will deffo fire up user activity on the site. Good job SR.

edgar

January 20th, 2011

I think this metaphor is… mmmm… not exactly well done. I mean, this is a poor article. IMHO.

Danae

January 20th, 2011

If Mac Designers were anything like apple, they would release a website design to a client, full price. They would then offer it again to the same client, releasing features they already made. For the same price again.

Michael Wong

January 20th, 2011

I’m a Mac user, but i don’t find it much better than a PC. The only benefit would be, less lag/slow response.

Brian Egan

January 20th, 2011

While I don’t have much love the movie “Fight Club,” this article reminded me of one great line from the movie: “I flipped through catalogs and wondered: What kind of dining set defines me as a person.”

Brandon

January 20th, 2011

It’s sad to see a reputable site like SixRevisions posting dribble like this. The tools that one uses do not dictate the quality of their work.

This article only serves to alienate the PC users in your audience.

jorre

January 20th, 2011

maybe a bit off topic, but I must disagree that mac’s are high quality products. I own my first macbook pro, but have problems with it for months now, just like many others, as you can read here in my blog post about it. http://www.goodbytes.be/index.php/blog/article/apple_fails_heres_why_late_2008_macbook_pro_screen_flicker_problem/

besides that, the blog post makes sense. Thanks for sharing.

emagen

January 20th, 2011

Hey there.

I use both. I’m getting started in some web development but currently do tech support and it really helps that I know both. More clients for me to help.

I can appreciate both and refuse to choose one over the other.

Thanks

Julien MARY

January 20th, 2011

Why a PC should run windows ? My dev environment is on Linux, I don’t have to pay for any software contrary to Mac where a simple text editor like Textedit needs your visa card.

Moreover, my dev environment is very close to the platform on which the sites I develop will run finally. To get things done on Windows can be very troublesome as on Mac – I have Apache Solr in mind.

I should write an article about that – comparing capabilities and final costs. The result at the end is obvious. Linux wins.

Alexey

January 20th, 2011

I’m with Linux, Oleg. Sorry.

inspirationfeed

January 20th, 2011

I don’t have any problem with Mac OS, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, or any others. Everybody has strengths and weaknesses, just like operating systems.

Jacob Gube

January 20th, 2011

@Brandon: I’m sorry you feel that way, but I don’t think this presents a one-sided argument. Plus, the founder of this site uses a PC (me). Here’s my work station: custom-built desktop + a Dell XPS: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31288116@N02/3980580486/in/set-72157622106866397/

The negatives of being a Mac of designers is that, you might be so obsessed about perfection, that you’re not able to produce enough work; you might find less project work that suits your style and may be more prone to decision paralysis. PC of designers, on the other hand, optimizes value, efficiency and outcomes and are more flexible. I consider myself a PC of designers: I’m pragmatic and at the end of the day, I’m here to get stuff done. I’ll sacrifice aesthetics for page speed and functionality and accessibility.

Daniel Leavey

January 20th, 2011

I use a Mac and PC. Does that mean I’m a techno-schizophrenic? I think Six Revisions is a great source of information, but I also think the Mac/PC comparison is a massive piece of disinformation. What you’re telling all in-house and extra-house design departments is that they should get rid of their Macs and Mac-based designers because they’re nothing but a bunch of neurotic, obsessive, perfectionists who will only serve to diminish the bottom line because of their inherent lack of productivity. What a crock!

Alexey

January 20th, 2011

@Jacob: Brandon is right – it’s sad to see a post like this. Just in case: I’m 47, I’m Russian, living in Russia, and I start my day with Six Revisions.
@Oleg: Ты мудак, сынок.

BrianK

January 20th, 2011

I think very few previous commenters understand the point of the article. It is not a debate over what computer to use for design. It is a debate about what computer personality your design style reflects.

Jeez.

BehemothDan

January 20th, 2011

Not exactly the article I expected when I clicked on it from my feed. It is amazingly inaccurate on both sides and seems it was written solely to drum up a response by playing the Mac versus PC debate.

Definitely not the type of quality I usually expect from the site.

Ignatius Mario

January 20th, 2011

i use both, i think it doesn’t matter what machine do you used, it depend on the user himself.

Sunny

January 20th, 2011

Seriously? This is the most hysterically funny comment section I’ve read in a while. The number of people all in a huff about which computer they use is comical.

And sad. People, please, please, learn to read. (It’ll probably help when working with clients and interpreting design requests).

THIS IS NOT AN ARTICLE ABOUT COMPUTERS. This is an article about an ad campaign and how two companies define themselves. And then (now, follow along closely), this is about applying the principles used by these two highly successful companies to your own freelance work.

In other words, which PHILOSOPHY (not physical computer) do you agree with, or generally tend to follow?

The realization that quality comes at the expense of speed and vice-versa is one of the key realizations in life, actually, and not just design. You make that trade-off in everything you do.

Get over, and get whatever computer you want while you’re at it.

jack caine

January 21st, 2011

There is nothing like Mac / PC personality. There are just guys using system and hating the second one because of lack of information. I personally have both, and both of them has issues. And when I start photoshop … it’s the same on both :)

Chuck Spidell

January 21st, 2011

It’s all about how you use the tools, not the platform. Strangely enough, I still come across people who believe that you can’t design “unless it’s on a Mac”.

I design with integrity, freshness, mad crazy detail, choose my clients, and complete plenty of projects. Guess what I use?

Jamie

January 21st, 2011

The whole mac v pc thing annoys me even though very few people actually get the sarcasm in a lot of people’s opinions!

As far as design persona goes I would say there is no difference in a mac or pc using designer but I would say a lot of mac-using designers are a bit more smug and think owning a mac automatically makes them creative!

Roger

January 21st, 2011

Sorry but what has the system you work on to do with your design skills? Photoshop and Indesign run both on Mac and Pc..

Andrew Areoff

January 21st, 2011

The sort of designer I am can be explained by the makeup of computers in our studio. Mainly macs but a pc or two to test websites in windows only browsers and to do the tiny number of tasks or programs that can’t be done on the Mac.

So largely Mac designers but with an eye on PC – because you have to be commercial and work at a price point to survive these days.

Gabriella Sky

January 21st, 2011

Wow! This post has caused such a stir. I use both a PC and Mac for my work and can do my whatever I need to do successfuly on each. But shamefully I admit I always choose to take my Macbook with me over the PC laptop when I have to travel for work.

Diana

January 21st, 2011

I appreciate a thoughtful comparison of work styles and practices. There are some good points made here.

I’m sorry to say that the problem I find with this article is that the premise is based on a comparison between Mac and PC users in a commercial by Apple. Look at the picture at the top of the article and consider those commercials. What does that say?

From that basis, of course you risk offending your PC users. That basis also muddies the waters in terms of differentiating between how someone works and what they work with.

I think that that if you’d dropped the PC/Mac analogy and focused on the work style stuff, you’d make a clearer point and be better received.

Hope this helps.

Pieter Kuijper

January 21st, 2011

It’s interesting to see how most of the people command about working on a Mac or PC even though that’s not the point of the question.

I work on both Mac & PC but always strive for quality over quantity. I’d rather spend another hour to fine-tune it and make sure it works 100% like it’s supposed to and that it looks the best it can be, instead of rushing to the deadline and finish a “working” but ugly solution.

so yea I’m a Mac type of designer.

Bruce

January 21st, 2011

I got surprised to read this article. I really agree with desing being ‘best’ on mac than on pc.

I am a web designer and for last five years I have worked with sony, chopard, casio, cannes, samsumg and they are very satisfied. And I work on PC, I only use mac for testing purposes.

Its not mac or pc, its what goes inside the mind of yours to create innovative design, ‘wow’ design.

Bruce

January 21st, 2011

ouch,..

I got surprised to read this article. I really “don’t” agree with design being ‘best’ on mac than on pc.

I am a web designer and for last five years I have worked with sony, chopard, casio, cannes, samsumg and they are very satisfied. And I work on PC, I only use mac for testing purposes.

Its not mac or pc, its what goes inside the mind of yours to create innovative design, ‘wow’ design.

Vivek Parmar

January 21st, 2011

Well i’m a linux user and apart from for photoshop i use windows

Christophe

January 21st, 2011

“the Mac versus Windows difference they portray is actually a good analogy”
no, it is not.

And wtf is this post, a stereotype party ??

dagobert

January 21st, 2011

Loved the article, made me think about the way I approach my webdesign work – the Mac or the pc approach…

I think people are missing the point of the article: it’s not at all saying that the best websites are created on Macs, that would be silly… it’s about how you approach your work: the pc or the mac way: are you trying to just build a website that’s good enough or are you striving for perfection? the actual computer you’re using is irrelevant.

I see myself as following the Mac approach and I’ve never actually worked on OS X my entire life…

great thought provoking article ;)

Andy

January 21st, 2011

I’m more Mac, but work with Pc :P

liz

January 21st, 2011

It’s amazing how many people COMPLETELY MISSED THE POINT of the article. It’s not about which computer you use, it’s about a personality type. People are so quick to take sides they’ll even do it in a debate that’s not happening!

People- Stop being defensive about your operating system and learn to comprehend what you’re reading.

Pete

January 21st, 2011

This is funny cause a designer friend of mine just had this conversation with me. Im a PC, but he LOVE mac. I def think MAC is great, but I dont want to learn the learning curve to jump over. I feel as if my time and be better suited to help build busines, not to just say I am a MAC person. To each is own, I guess…

Young

January 21st, 2011

I actually think it’s funny how people are getting high and mighty about “understanding the article” in the later portion of this comment thread. I read it again to see if I missed something the first time: and I hadn’t. Even when you see that it’s an analogy to design philosophies, no one can deny that this article is Mac-biased in a typical Mac-user fashion. No designer likes to be told that they’re not detail-oriented enough, and making an analogy so prone to misinterpreted hot debate was a complete mistake on the author’s part. I personally think Mac OSX is missing a lot of “details” Windows has, and Mac machines certainly have almost as many problems as Windows machines, if you know what you’re doing. That’s what I feel it really comes down to – Windows is only error-prone if you don’t know how to use a computer properly. Even more so for Linux.

In short, labeling PC-philosophy “not focused on details and quality” was a biased misfire. PCs have come a long way and I almost like them better than Macs now.

Taufik

January 21st, 2011

If you’re a crappy designer, don’t blame your PC/Mac. Admit it.

Faren

January 21st, 2011

This is another one of those articles on the web which just look to capitalise on hits and comments. This debate will go on for years to come and still people will fall for it. You use what ever you are comfortable with – end of.

James George

January 21st, 2011

I work in concepts first. I handle my designs with great concepts. The execution can be handled by any platform, as long as you have a nice amount of ram and a solid processor. Designs aren’t about equipment, they are about concepts and how the DESIGNER executes that concept. The Mac vs. PC argument is irrelevant.

Gheij

January 21st, 2011

To take averages of products and style is not a fair attribution of personality or quality of the Operating systems. These two ways are different personalities, but they cannot be attributed to the MAC guy or the PC guy.. thats bull. The PC has a HUGE audience both in consumer and producer, any averages bows and skews (as it is 90% of the market) and it is unreasonable to compare the the two “personalities”. The mac is limited in programs, unlike the PC, the PC has just as many quality design programs as the MAC, likely more, but it also has many more mediocre and super ass shity programs. Why? Because the PC is not as governed by what can be modified, what is allowed in or not. Though I would have to say, windows has fairly reliable bad release schedule of, shity, awesome, shity, awesome. 2000 goes to awesome XP, while vista goes to awesome 7 (where you always avoid their first rendition of a product, MAC does a little bit better on this, usually by just releasing less in each update but w.e).

end point: Labeling people by their OS is an inaccurate statement, as the bullet points for each personality are inaccurate assumptions of a designer for each OS.

Should rather be: Are you a calm and chill designer or a perfectionist.

Hannah Hurst

January 21st, 2011

I’m most definitely a Mac person but I think the difference between the two may be a little too extreme. I always make sure detail is spot on but I can also balance my time and cost and would never limit the project amount completed due to being picky with clients. I think there is a bit of both a mac and PC in every designer.

Andy Burdin

January 21st, 2011

Disagree with points in this article. Silly generalizations about PC/Mac designers.

PC users will generally “produce fewer/no innovative design work” and “be satisfied with the status quo”?

I beg to differ. Get over yourself pal.

Andretti Brown

January 21st, 2011

both, it all depends on the client that you are working for.

79delight

January 21st, 2011

Unfortunately a Mac but i dream of a PC !

Don

January 21st, 2011

I personally feel like this post is an attack on operating systems. I mean, it’s inappropriate to make statements on the operating system, and it doesn’t really sound like an operating system thing here, but it was specified it was operating systems, it sounds a hell of a lot more like hardware, and you can find a computer running windows that looks like an apple machine, hell you can even run windows on an apple machine).

If you’re trying to say that OSX is sleeker, and takes longer to create “perfection”, I have a few questions for you, first, would you not say that Aero is pretty sleek? Is the Windows 7 Taskbar not better than the OSX Dock? How long did it take to release Vista after XP (answer: 6 years), and how long after that did it take Microsoft to create a better version of an aero system (answer: 3 years). How long did it take apple to release OSX after OS 9 (answer: 3 years). How long did it take them to release the first update (and a rather critical one) (answer: 2 months). What is the current average time between OSX releases? (answer: 2 years).

I would say Windows is given more time to gestate and become the best operating system it can be, where as OSX attempts to release something new quickly. Seems your analogies are a bit backwards.

If you were truly comparing the operating systems, you should have noted how open each of them is. You need to add that “mac designers” are also closed off from clients and give the client what the designer wants, not what the client wants, and that “pc designers” are more open and (I did not make Windows 7, and neither did anyone else who doesn’t work at Microsoft) will take the client’s needs and wants into consideration.

Aaron Moody

January 21st, 2011

I find it funny all the PC people complaining about the comparison, it’s clearly metaphorical links.

I’m a mac, recently switched and I do put aesthetics above everything, and that’s in daily (non design) work as well. Whereas your typical PC user, or should I say stereotypical PC user is more focused on efficiency and solving problems – and that isn’t a bad thing, just a different view point on what’s the most important factor in a project.

-Aaron

Dillon

January 21st, 2011

I think lots of you are missing the point. It isn’t if you are a “Mac” or “Pc” USING designer, its if you fall into the persona both try to present.

You can be a “Mac” designer using a PC, or the other way around..

This is not a comparison of operating system features, it is a metaphor for designer features in relation to what operating systems tend to represent both stereotypically & in marketing directions.

I feel bad for the author being flamed for a hypothetical question based on common interpretations of both systems.

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As for me, I am a “Mac” designer. I am focused more on a small range of design work. However I also seek out clients that are appropriate for my method of design (instead of forcing it on any potential work I can get)

Bill

January 21st, 2011

I would have to say that I’m actually a PC. I strive to make as many of my clients happy and I do a lot of different kinds of work and designs. I also use PC’s to do my design, one because I don’t have the cash for a brand new Mac at the moment and two because I can get a PC that is more powerful than a Mac at a lower price.

Bill

January 21st, 2011

just read Brandon’s comment that Jacob replied to, I have one thing to say:

@Brandon – I’m a PC user, love PC, and I don’t feel at all alienated. Macs have their place, personally I LOVE their toys (iPad, iPhone, iTouch) but I’m not as hot for their computers as I am for a PC.

@Jacob – I love the minimalism of your workspace. I don’t even use a monitor or separate keyboard, I use my laptop so I can develop on the go :D I’ve actually developed websites and contact forms while taking trips to places like D.C. I love the portability and maneuverability that a laptop provides.

Bara Design

January 21st, 2011

Yes the world isn’t black and white, however from the people I know, this article is a fairly accurate depiction.

Joigie

January 21st, 2011

PC with Mac tendencies >> design schizo

Chris

January 21st, 2011

What the hell? This article is rubbish. Mac designers will tend more towards perfection? What a load! 3 of the best designers I know use Windows exclusively and won’t ever switch. I, on the other hand, don’t own or use a single copy of Windows and all 3 of those designers could whip my a$$ any day of the week – I can assure you they definitely aren’t ‘satisfied by the status quo.’

Andy Burdin, I’m with you on this one.

Daquan Wright

January 21st, 2011

The article is about a relationship, which is the relationship of a company’s core values to the core values of you as a designer.

I’m definitely more of a PC, with some Mac in me. Quality I care about and strive for, but more importantly is that I complete my work, be productive, and bring in the bacon! The more I work, the more I learn. Eventually my quality will become as good as I want it. But if I’m not practicing, I’m not developing. ;)

Johnathan

January 22nd, 2011

I get your analogy with the PC vs Mac thing, can’t say that any computer user produces better quality work based on what equipment they are using though.

A mechanic can have a $3k Snap-On tool set, but if he doesn’t know what he is doing.. he doesn’t know what he is doing.

Like I said, I do get the analogy though.

mvision123

January 22nd, 2011

I think in this article the mac/pc comparison did more harm than good. I kind of agree with the underlying idea. But seriously.. Stop identifying with a brand, and most of all, stop identifying with APPLE! It makes me uncomfortable how you sound like the sales manager at apple with your article.

Paul

January 22nd, 2011

All of these apply to me.

- hold perfection and details to a higher standard.
- strive to become the best at what they do.
- be pickier when choosing clients and projects.
- be suitable only to the “right” clients and projects.
- have fewer projects completed.

and I’m using a PC user.
( Dell inspiron notebook with good old Window Xp )

This article is way off.

Marc

January 22nd, 2011

I’m a proud Mac user for almost two years. :)

tiago couto

January 22nd, 2011

“Do You Have a Mac or PC Persona in Your Design Work?”

is this for real? really?

Anyway, i would switch the references you’ve made.
Mac persona is a useless midleclass graduated brainless that projects its persona through its computer and hopes for credibility just for that, buying a mac.
The mac persona isn’t worried about any of the problems steve jobs sells “solutions” for, he just wants, in the end, the lifestyle.

- Magnetic connection: i can’t even mention how many times it got stucked to another port (or other stuff) than the one it was supposed to. Is it worth? it can be, Is it really solved? NO WAY, far from it.
- I’ve had more “mac clients” then “pc”…and i always pray for getting “pc” clients they are:
– more open mind
– more humble
– are looking for solutions at long term, not for the
more popular/trendy/…
– they want the job done and pay for it at the end

“be less focused on ideal visions and perfectionism.”
“be satisfied with status quo.”
- I’ll put those two together, status quo should be in mac
- ideal visions… whats the ideal vision for a mac persona? materials used to build a mac? they got stucked in the 70s/80s materials for their metal box. My personal computer its made of plastic (not perfect too) but it can be recycled too and if not it will stay less time in nature vs the aluminium ones.

“produce fewer/no innovative design work.”
- well…you can think that way or this way:
– mac persona lives under a small country with only
one man rulling the show.
– pcs they live in a global world, we can vote, we can
choose who we want to support/buy and in the and
we make the work by the better way, not
by the only way.

Cost shouldn’t be hand in hand with quality of design.

mvision123 made the point very clearly.

Josue

January 22nd, 2011

Im Hackintosh!

eric

January 22nd, 2011

of course, you couldn’t possibly be interested in quality unless you’re willing to sacrifice time, cost, more projects, and possibly financial gain. and of course client’s can’t possibly be satisfied with design that doesn’t take (by your definition, not mine) too much time/resources/opportunity-cost. and innovation? if it’s not beautiful and “design-y”, it’s not really innovation, is it?

(lord, save me from this elitist drivel…design-ism will be the death of this world, yet.)

Gus The Gamer

January 23rd, 2011

I think there is no need to label designers, each person has different qualities, irregardless of the computer brand they use.

The myth that macs are for designers is pure Marketing Hype, the power is within the graphics card + processor combo.

Anita Graham

January 23rd, 2011

Just reading the start of the article makes methink it would have to be the shallowest and most insulting of things I’ve seen on six revisions. Anyone who believes that the platform you work on ‘defines’ you, is a big baby (or a big troll) and needs to grow up and get a bit of experience. From a long time user of Mac, PC and many, many others.

Holyblogz

January 23rd, 2011

I have used both. Especially, the weight of mac air is awesome. so handy when you go out and see the client

aditia

January 23rd, 2011

no matter what OS, as long they work for my job, even if it linux

Felix

January 23rd, 2011

This is a very biased article. It generalizes the marketing and business visions of two companies and compares them to the way people work with those sets of tools. I buy a PC because I’m smart enough to not spend $1200 on a computer when I can get the same setup with $600, and I still do much better design work than 60% of the douchebags with Apple computers.

Apple is only a status symbol, that doesn’t make it a better tool. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Totti

January 23rd, 2011

The author of this article is a troll.
So to sum up: Mac persona: perfect, perfect, perfect, can’t do anything wrong.
PC persona: cheap bastard, can do no right.

Actualy I use an imac at work, but shit like this only makes me liking my PC at home more and more.
PC ISN’T PERFECT, SO ISN’T MAC. They’re only machines. Now quit whining about it and use which one serves you best.
Peace.

Dave Keays

January 23rd, 2011

Isn’t perfection about delivering the best possible value? One common mistake is to think aesthetics are perfection. What looks sleek and stylish today will look awfully out-dated tomorrow.

I am doing my job correctly when I develop a web-site that delivers ROI without distracting my client from their business. Someone who is too concerned about color-balance may not be very concerned with value-balance.

Ash Menon

January 23rd, 2011

I love how everyone is criticizing the author for doing an OS comparison post. Did you not read the article title? It doesn’t say “Do you have a Mac or PC at work”, it says “Do you have a Mac or a PC PERSONA at work”.

That being said, I still disagree with the author’s points. While a Windows persona DOES strive to be more client friendly and compatible to a broader range of clients, it doesn’t mean we sacrifice quality to do so.

TheAL

January 23rd, 2011

This should be “Do you have an Apple or Microsoft persona?” PC just means “personal computer.” A Mac is a PC, per se. A PC can run Windows, linux, unix, hackintosh, etc. I think some people may have misread the intentions of the article from the title.

Overall, the point most central here is simply that you have three options and can only be so many at once. Good, fast or cheap. Which two? Forget the analogy of Apple and MS (it kinda works, but still). With that said, I would have to say I’m usually trying to be good and cheap, but I lose efficiency. Being cheap while projects drag out creates an income gap. I would love to be good and fast [expensive], but I’ve noticed that I am psychologically inclined to feel bad when charging a lot. Perhaps I should dabble with being cheap and fast in an attempt to get small bursts of frequent pay; however, with median income for a front-end developer across the US being between 50 and 70k, I think I should just embrace my worth and crank up the knob a bit.

arnold

January 23rd, 2011

@Chris ,I agree with you XD one of the best designers I know also use Windows..its a not good article IMHO. anyway it just boils down with your work output.
(and damn Mac is too pricey I think, its much better to buy a PC that is powerful enough to handle multitasking activities with not having the same price in Mac)

Kelly Hays

January 23rd, 2011

And then there is the Community based, collaborative approach. Someone who likes to work with others, finding solutions through communication and community. Deadlines matter, so does transparency and cost. Building customized solutions and share the knowledge with others. Open source is an important force on the web (php, wordpress, jquery, mysql, etc), why not your operating system? Give Linux a chance, its more fun then wearing a black turtle neck and it’s sexier they windows.

Greg K

January 24th, 2011

I love that people are actually defending the author. He says “do you have a mac or pc persona”, yet his so called fact about each side are complete wrong. The only fact we know about the persona of a mac owners are

The buy trendy, overly expensive computers filled with the same component their counterparts possess.

They are happy with being confined to the rules of a crazy dictator (Steve Jobs)

Ok with waiting on long lines at the mac store because they have problems.

They think that because they purchase the tools, that makes them a detailed oriented, well managed designer.

The bias of this post is sick.

I have used a pc for year and the list the defines my so called persona is not even remotely close.

Cre8ive Commando

January 24th, 2011

LOL! Interesting way of looking at things. But in the end it’s just an OS. Cant really judge a designer by their OS. Speaking of Mac or PC. Which one are you? http://www.macorpc.net

Elliot Ross

January 24th, 2011

not sure on the analogy, I’m elements of both and I’m sure most designers will be.

by far the biggest take out from this is that most people reading this blog either can’t understand a simple analogy or simply read the title then jump straight to the comments. THE TITLE ISN’T “WHAT COMPUTER DO YOU USE!”

Michael Gunner

January 24th, 2011

I have to say, I think this article was written and published deliberately to stir people up. The Mac/PC argument always winds people up no end and this just seems a ploy to stir up traffic to this a site, which is a shame really.

I don’t really agree with the article either as really what you’re doing is pigeon-holing people and saying that you’re either this or that.

People don’t fit into categories, and that especially applies to designers. You are who you are. You can be a perfectionist but still be time-efficient. You can be flexible, balance time and cost, and still strive for innovative designs and to “be the best”.

As for whether a Mac is better than a PC or vice versa, again it’s a pointless debate. It’s like trying to debate over whether Gold is classier than Silver – it’s personal taste, end of. Whatever works for you.

Bryan

January 24th, 2011

I think this article is misleading, not just for what we use PC or MAC

I can use both, and see no gain in using one over the other. The reason why I find myself on a Mac or A PC are usually up to reasons out of my control, here is an incomplete small list of reasons I found myself on Mac’s or PC’s:

Design College/university : MACS only
Home computing : PC
(cheaper Hardware and software, game-playing and for those who want them super-fast gaming computers)
Small design Agency 2-10 staff : MAC’s mainly
Small web design/development company: PC’s mainly The Back end developers always use PC’s and will not consider trying to network a MAC on to the network.
Large design agency : May have MAC’s in the design department (50% chance) but if they do the IT department will moan and bitch everytime they are involved)

High paid jobs in a web design business/company : PC only
Freelancer of consultant: your choice

So depending on your career development you may not have a choice.

So really this article is irrelevant.

alex

January 24th, 2011

Way to subjective article, misses the point.

Brad

January 24th, 2011

I think this went over so many people’s heads.

The article isn’t actually saying that people who use x are y. Oleg is just using Mac and PC as metaphors based on the computers/companies roles and values. There can be “PC” designers that use macs and vice versa.

Everyone needs to take a chill pill.

I would say that I am a Mac designer forced to do the PC’s bidding…websites in a day, logos in a few hours…contempt for my career.

Paul Cushing

January 24th, 2011

I appreciate the authors point, which I believe isn’t that the Mac designer is better(although his OS bias does show through). I look to strike a balance between flexibility, quality and cost effectiveness for the sake of my customers, but even as I do, I’m obviously required to compromise somewhere in order to maintain that cost effectiveness. I hope to get to the point where my customers are less concerned with the cost as they are the results, but business is about ROI, and the product has to justify the costs.

Ben

January 24th, 2011

You probably didn’t get it. But this article has nothing to do with whether you own a mac or a pc. It was just a “metaphor”…

In germany I’d call you “BILD” readers. Cause you only read the headline, you don’t read between the lines.

Nice article.

Nicole

January 24th, 2011

@Paul Cushing – Well said.

desinerd

January 24th, 2011

I’m a Mac, but use a PC for all my design work.

on a side note – I do use Flash on my websites

Allen

January 24th, 2011

I side with the Hackintosh…
there is a time and a place for both mentalities… our job is to determine when to employ what standards.

musback

January 25th, 2011

For some reason I felt really cool being the only one with a PC at my art-school; But is soon became annoying because 1) I was blocked on the network (PC=virus=end of humanity) 2) All the mac boys wanted to convince me to use mac like a prophet and could NOT understand why I liked my PC 3) All the mac users who just bought it because they thought it was the right thing to do to become a ‘designer’ came to me with their OSX-related problems 4) Same with their Adobe related questions 5) the teachers never took me serious because they were all ultra fascist mac-fanboys of the very worst kind… I Type this on a HP Elitebook 8540w, I’ve always considered buying a MBP, but when I put my mind above my emotions, I’ll always end up buying a PC with Windows 7.

You can decide If I’m a Mac or PC based on my work, But I feel like Apple has infected the brains of many users. The mac doesn’t make you a better designer. It’s a tool like a PC, Photoshop is Photoshop, a nice design is a nice design.

Andrej

January 26th, 2011

Come on would you please stop associating everything to Mac and PC. I’m a PC user, always have always will be and according to your post I’m a Mac persona. I take that as an insult. I’ve had the “pleasure” of working with macs at the uni, and the experience wasn’t a pleasurable one. My time is wasted on anything that isn’t linux+kde.

Dirk

January 27th, 2011

OMG! You say that the term “PC” applies to any computer running either Windows, Linux or MacOS, but those are not the only Operating Systems! OMG! JEEZ!!!

(Hahaha, I love being *that* guy :p)

Seriously though: whatever you run, whatever your style, just make sure you get the basics down. For me, the best way is always the one in the middle ;)

Cheers, & great article.

luke price

January 27th, 2011

Mac allll the way!

Andrej, please dry your eyes, grow up and see that Mac is leagues ahead of PC, if you do a lot of design you will know that Mac is 100000% better!

Christian

January 31st, 2011

I am a Linux. Ubuntu 10.10.

Works fine – Print and Nonprint.

Derek

January 31st, 2011

Mac-type designer, although I tend to let myself down and slum with the PCs when when times are thin.

Beggars can’t be choosers.

cenk

February 2nd, 2011

biased article which places itself on a mac ad. right on mac ppl give more money to the package, you are so cool after all :)

Nick Efimov

February 14th, 2011

Looks like 90% of people need to go back to English classes! The article has absolutely nothing to do with your choice of hardware, yet reading all these Mac vs PC comments is just amusing!

I’m a “Mac” type of a person – I have a phobia of releasing something that “will just do”. If it’s my product, I’ll do the best I can to make it as perfect as possible, and will fix it if issues arise after release. It does, of course, cost time and money, but so do all good things in life.

Don

February 22nd, 2011

Anyone notice how the author, who some people are hating on (like me) and some people are defending, has yet to comment on anything said here. It seems a little odd that someone would write something so clearly biased and with so little research (read my previous comment, all the research I did took less than a few minutes) doesn’t actually want to argue or defend his own points.

And yes, I know, it’s a month later, but still…

Leeza

April 22nd, 2011

Everyone is saying that this should be taken metaphorical, but it’s hard to see it that way when he’s encompassing Macs to be machines that “strive to become the best at what they do” while PCs “produce fewer/no innovative design work”. On that account it means that all of what I’ve ever done is only sub-par as to someone who ‘thinks’ like a Mac.

Such a biased article with a narrow perspective and sense of reality.

wateva

May 6th, 2011

wateva a mac is beeter den da PC cuz da PC sucks and mac is all da way!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well idnt care wat u other pple think cuz i think da mac is da bomb!!!!!!! So da people who r going 2 cmmnt on dis plz cmmnt on da mac but good thingds i guess hahaha lol well later suckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

brianna

May 6th, 2011

wwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttteeeeeeeeeeevvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! like da girl said mac is better than pc cause mac is da bomb!!!! duh everyone knows dat!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fhsjaagshs

November 20th, 2011

Unlike all of you graphics design end users, I am a developer. MacOSX is clearly much better than windows because the Objective-c language allows for much more than the crappy visual basic.

Xcode is also a useful IDE that does everything that doesn’t have to do with writing the code for you. I spent 3 hours at Microsoft visual studio trying to compile a hello world program.

For me it is quite obvious. Mac is better.

I also use Linux, because it is very good for we servers and is lightwieght. Linux is good for replacing windows on a windows machine.

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