In the News: E-Commerce News interviews illustrator Michael Gibbs

E-COMMERCE TIMES, MARCH 26, 2009 — “Apple wants a bigger chunk of the desktop computer market, but it’s unlikely to head downstream with stripped-down consumer offerings,” writes reporter Erika Morphy in a March 26 article for the E-Commerce Times and MacNewsWorld entitled Will Artists Still Love Macs Tomorrow?

“Artists and designers are loyal customers, but Apple already owns that segment. The enterprise is likely the most fertile ground for expansion,” she said. “Can Apple deliver a high-end product that meets both corporate and creative needs?” To find out, she interviewed illustrator Michael Gibbs, owner of Michael Gibbs Illustration & Design and art director of Inkandescent Public Relations.

Morphy wrote:

Michael Gibbs, an illustrator based in Northern Virginia, describes working on a Mac Pro in terms that suggest a Zen-like trance: “I can’t explain it well, but you are not even really aware you are using a computer program — the design applications are that intuitive.”

He can easily tell the difference between applications that are natively designed for the Mac — anything Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) — and those that have been retrofitted for the OS X environment, such as Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Word. The latter, he told MacNewsWorld, “are just plain cumbersome.”

In 1985, Gibbs got his first Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) computer — complete with floppy disks — and he’s never looked back. Fortunately for him, he’s never had to. Almost every creative commercial shop is Mac-based. As far as Gibbs is concerned, the story ends right there.

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