I realize a lot of creativity tools consist of Apple products, but I’m a PC girl myself and have been drooling over the Microsoft Surface Studio. These days, Apple no longer owns the monopoly on graphic design tools. While I enjoy many of their products and apps, I also keep my eyes open to other great ideas. I think it’s important as a creative designer to not become narrowly focused when it comes to technology, apps, and computers.
Creativity Tools: The Surface Dial
One new product that caught my eye recently was the Surface Dial from Microsoft. This tool is used with Windows 10 devices. Microsoft describes the dial on their website:
Click and hold Surface Dial to display a radial menu of tools, making it easier and faster to do the things you love. Imagine being able to undo each individual line of a drawing step-by-step, change pencil color or brush size, scrub through video content, rotate 3D vectors or manipulate parameters, in a single turn.
If you aren’t working with artwork, this dial also allows you to edit and change documents or turn down the music on Spotify or Pandora. Another cool thing is the haptic feedback that this device uses which means that as you play games or listen to music, you’ll feel vibrations on your screen. The dial also allows you to zoom in and out on maps and scroll through your news feed without using your mouse or keypad. The Surface Dial can really help you be more creative because it allows you to do things faster and with ease.
This tool can be used with any Windows 10 device. However, it was designed to work best with a Surface computer. Since it’s a new tool, I think it might be better to wait to get one in the hopes it will be much improved over a short time. Of course if you are an Apple user, this product won’t make much sense at all, but for us who use Windows, these innovations are something to be excited about. Whatever brand of computer you use, it’s good to know that creatives have a lot of choices.