Today (24 July 2017) marks the possible beginning of the end for Microsoft Paint. A tool many the budding graphic designer, illustrator or artist had their first digital mark-making steps within, the programme may not be available in the next Windows 10 update.
A fixture programme on Windows since 1985, Paint has been a consistent and reliable design companion to many the designer for doodles, initial experiments or just using the spray can to design type for a birthday card. However, as Microsoft tried to improve Paint, its initial charm and skill was lost, as the simplicity of the tools tried to expand to include 3D image tools and editing in its most recent version.
Regardless, the termination of MS Paint after being a nostalgic and helpful friend, by your side for the past 32 years, is still disappointing news. But like all good things, and with an abundance of possibly more applicable creative programmes to use, it appears its legacy is coming to an end.
- Photographer Timothy Schaumburg takes us behind the scenes of plastic surgery prep
- The Line King: A profile of Al Hirschfeld, on the prolific characterist’s 115th birthday
- Ditto publish 100 Club Stories in celebration of the iconic London venue
- Adobe Stock identifies 'multilocalism' as the next trend to shape visual culture
- “I want my work to function like a good book": illustrator Charlotte Ager
- "Even if you cover a shit in glitter it’s still a shit": top creatives show us their CVs
- "Don't drink and dance in front of your peers": ten creatives on their biggest mistakes
- Tsto returns to design Flow Festival's identity, pushing and playing with its typography
- Beyoncé and Jay Z take over the Louvre for Apeshit music video
- All internships are not created equal: how to spot the best opportunities and have the courage to reject the duds
- How Alex Prager made the world stop and stare
- Neville Brody launches type foundry, Brody Fonts