Originally Posted by briancl
This reminds me of a conversation I had with my girlfriend a couple days ago. She tells me about a former coworker (graphic designer) who just started her new job at a new design firm.
Her: "Heather just told me that they use PC's at her new job, can you believe that?".
Her: "But how can they do that? How can they use PC's to do design work?"
Me: "About 6 or 7 years ago, due to market share and other drivers, all the major Apple-unique software worth using was ported over to the PC. Since then, Apple has started to change their focus to be just regular home users, not creative professionals."
Her: "But she has to work on a PC, that totally sucks"
Me: "Apple did a good job engraining in the creative pro's that they require a Mac to do their work, but really, its more cost effective to use PC's especially in the workplace where you need more functionality and managment. Hell, even Apple started to realize this and switched over to PC hardware."
Her: "Whatever, I hope I never have to use a PC"
Of course, she is not a graphic designer, she uses Microsoft Word and Firefox on her Mac... thats it. These conversations come up every month or so when they are having problems at her office. She works in a Mac only shop, and they have countless issues due to the lack of enterprise level software and hardware. It is really quite funny, the entire place is so dead set against PC; however, they are stuck in 1999 with their email/webmail and security and webservers and filesharing and collaboration and planning/scheduling and actually... everything since they must use only Mac hardware and software. But hey, it looks nice.
I must confess that I like Macs, and I'll probably buy one for me and another for her to replace her old Titanium, but never to be used in a business at the enterprise level.
Thankfully I've never in my life heard of a graphic design firm that uses PCs. Hopefully I won't end up in the same boat. All of the software I use for design is available on the PC, but Windows is horribly inconducive to the design environment. It is a hassle and an annoyance to work on a Windows machine to do graphic design, and the results have been vastly different for me: how it operates causes my work that comes off of the Mac much more artistic and design-y, and stuff that comes off the PC stale and word-documenty. Of course the difference to me is drastic, but the difference to someone else might just get a shrug.
Even though Mac has shifted their marketing focus to normal dudes and ladies looking for a solid compy, they still remain the only choice for serious creative pros.