As a working graphic illustrator and graphic designer, I often find that most of my time is spent in a digital cocktail of applications that are necessary in my profession. As of now, I have spent all of my decades-long career inside these industry-standard apps. I’m no newbie when it comes to using them.

What I didn’t realize is that the hardware I used to run these apps have also changed significantly. I was cleaning out my closet and ran into a box of prints and 35mm negatives (remember those?). In that stack is a treasure trove of prints that contained these. The image below represents what I could afford after a few years of working. Pretty paltry.


The Setup:

  • Apple Macintosh Performa 6300CD (the worst Mac ever built)
  • 1 Gb HDD, 8 Mb RAM, 14.4k Modem, Slow CD Drive
  • Apple 14 inch colour monitor
  • Epson ZIP Drive (SCSI Connector)
  • Wacom Tablet (ADB Port)
  • Epson Stylus Pro wide format inkjet printer
  • Motorola StarTac Cell Phone (Hahahahahahaha...)
  • a Daytimer™ Calendar/Organizer

The Software:

  • Adobe Photoshop 3.0 (no layers!)
  • Adobe Illustrator 6.0 (I think)
  • Quark Xpress 3.0 (hahahahahahahaha...)
  • Fractal Design Painter 2.0 (I think)

This system represented what I could afford in 1997. I probably spent close to $5,000 Canadian on this low-end, consumer-grade system. The so-called 'professional' grade Macintosh 7200-7500 series would have cost me that much JUST FOR THE LOW END BOX with no peripherals or software. My current iPhone 5s probably has more graphics and computing power than the top-end system.