Have you had the chance to play around with the new Microsoft Surface Studio computers on the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus yet? If not, you need to check them out!
I am a Digital Arts student and have used the new computers, and they are so cool!
I am a hands-on person and using the mouse to trace and draw is a bit challenging for me because there is just something different about the motion your hand makes when using a pen to draw.
These new computers are not only touch screen but also come with a stylus.
I spoke to Dr. Barbara Hubbard, chair of Digital Arts and Humanities at the Seminole Campus, and asked her a few questions about them:
How was SPC able to obtain these Surface Studio computers?
- “They were part of our leasing refresh for the Digital Arts program.”
What are some things about the computers that most people might not be aware of?
- “They are adjustable to 20 degrees and help facilitate a natural way to draw and animate… since they replicate, in tablet form, a piece of paper with an electronic pen stylus.”
How will these new computers benefit the students?
- “Our drawing and animation students will have the benefits of working electronically while remaining in a natural drawing rhythm… eye-hand coordination will be the same as using traditional paper and pencil while students have a full complement of tools and digital programs in the Adobe Suite as well as others.”
Are there any special features that set these computers apart from simply using the Macs?
- “Macs do not have the features the full complement of programs in the iPad Pro… only ‘Lite versions’… students will be hard pressed to find that availability with iPad pros.”
What is your favorite thing about these new computers?
- “I think they are totally fabulous, and we will be able to implement them into our program with much anticipated success.”
Make sure you stop by and check them out, especially if you are a Digital Arts student!
About the author :
SPC student (and blogger) Faith Olmstead works for the college’s Marketing & Strategic Communications department and is a Digital Arts student, with a focus on graphic design. You might see her out photographing events or shooting video at some of the college’s campuses or have viewed some of her designs on the college’s social media accounts.