Similar to heated discussions concerning politics or where to find the “best” bagel in NYC, the debate that many designers try to steer clear from is “Mac vs. PC: which is better for design?” Recently, this age-old argument has once again sparked interested and gained traction through LinkedIn’s design group forums. Due to its newly found popularity, we thought we’d have VPM’s creatives weigh in on this debate, and maybe even put the issue to rest once and for all.
Let’s start by laying out a few he-said-she-said facts concerning this topic. It’s true that the majority of designers use Mac. Many say that it’s because they prefer the quality of the software, or believe that Mac is more reliable and easier to use, or are most comfortable using a Mac since they were taught how to design on Apple programs in the first place. On the flip side, those who choose to use PC say it’s because it is much more cost-effective for the same level of performance, provides the ability to customize software, and gives designers the option to use alternative design programs.
When all is said and done, what matters most is that both operating systems lend designers a space to do their thing. Therefore, VPM will go on the record to say that the answer to the question “Mac vs. PC: Which is better for design” is personal preference.
Today, two members from our creative team weigh in on this conversation by sharing their preferred platform. Team Mac will be represented by Emily McNally, VPM’s Director of Marketing, who began her career as a Graphic Designer. Team PC will be represented by Michael Yoon, VPM’s Senior Graphic Designer. Here’s what they had to say:
VPM: Why team Mac?
EM: I prefer working on a Mac over a PC because of the clean aesthetics and intuitive user interface.
VPM: Why team PC?
MY: I think the question itself (Mac vs. PC) is a little ridiculous as it invokes our basic instincts to choose a side. What it really comes down to is how you are using the computer and what your capabilities are. I look at it this way: if you’re good at maintaining your computer and want a platform that is cost-effective than use a PC. If you want a computer that is relatively maintenance-free and you have a decent amount of funds to spend for aesthetic purposes, then go with a Mac. With that said, I personally prefer to work on a PC.