Polarities are amusing. Look at these, and consider how they often divide us:
- Democrats / Republicans
- Vegans / Omnivores
- Affluent / Low-Income
- Liberal / Conservative
- Simplicity / Materialism
- Black / White
- Artistic / Analytical
Personally, I don’t get too caught-up in either/or thinking. But there was an exception…
- Mac / PC
I’ve been using computers a long time (22 years!), and every one has been a PC. But I’ve always been very curious about Macs. You might even call it a crush… Steve Jobs’ humble beginning… Apple’s trademark zen designs… the mystique of what exactly Creatives do with them. I wanted to know! But I was also scared to “make the switch.” It felt like deciding to all-of-a-sudden start writing with my least dominant hand. Just for kicks.
But something happened and *poof* in a nano-second all my fears about making this change vanished. I went to Apple’s website, and came across this blurb:
“There’s a story behind each part. Take the thumbscoop, for example. It’s the indentation that allows you to open the display. If the scoop is too deep, you put too much pressure on the display to open it. If it’s too shallow, you struggle to open the display. It may seem incidental, but if the thumbscoop is well designed, it makes the difference between a bad experience and a good one. The challenge of the thumbscoop was to create a crisply machined scoop that was still comfortable to use. The designers at Apple worked on hundreds of versions of the thumbscoop — even examining them under an electron microscope — to get it right.”
That. is. poetic.
If that much attention (an electron microscope?!) was given to something as subtle as the lid-opening… if that much care was invested into how my lid-flipping experience feels, what else had they labored over? What other nuances had they mastered for my pleasure?
Today, I bit ;-)
I’ve been using my MacBook all of 3 hours so far and, already, I’ve got 20+ people identified with iPhoto’s face-recognition; my boyfriend and I made a hilarious song with GarageBand; and I started my first video-project with iMovie.
I can’t believe I waited so long to enjoy this intuitive, fluid, neural-friendly, imagination-enhancing, technology. Thank goodness for that irresistible thumbscoop… or I might still be in rigid PC-land wondering ’bout the other dreamy side.
Now I’m there.
Got limiting polarities? Jump ’em!