Bright sparks

The un­usual ways Ap­ple kit is used

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Words: Craig Gran­nell Images: Paul Blach­ford

fire up your Mac and you’ll see your desk­top be­fore you. Depend­ing on how you’ve set it up, you might see a favourite pic­ture, and maybe a row of icons in the Dock, await­ing your click. What do you do next?

So of­ten we get sucked right into the rou­tine of ev­ery­day life, in­clud­ing when we use our Macs. In the of­fice this can be in­evitable, but it’s easy to get drawn into the same old things at home too: Face­book, email and the in­ter­net. The cy­cle can be end­less, and yet the Mac is a pow­er­ful cre­ative tool which can en­able you to do truly amaz­ing things.

In this fea­ture, we meet some peo­ple who’ve worked on truly cre­ative projects. They’ve all con­sid­ered their Ap­ple kit to be some­thing of a blank can­vas – a foun­da­tion on which to make ex­cit­ing and in­no­va­tive ideas a re­al­ity. One was the cre­ative cat­a­lyst for an am­bi­tious live trib­ute to a much-loved rock group. An­other took a screen­play and trans­formed it into a crit­i­cally-ac­claimed graphic novel. And an illustrator whose arms re­belled tells us how she ended up cre­at­ing new com­po­si­tions in the most un­likely of ways.

Th­ese un­der­tak­ings might be out of the or­di­nary, but they’re not nec­es­sar­ily out of reach. Our cre­ative friends here are just nor­mal folk – ad­mit­tedly im­mersed and well-versed in their craft – who have used the ‘power of the Mac’ that’s avail­able to us all to bring their cre­ations to life. We hope af­ter read­ing about their cre­ative projects you’ll be in­spired to start some­thing of your own.

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