Laptops may be getting smaller and smaller, but as any designer will tell you, to really let your creative juices flow, bigger is better. A large monitor lets you keep multiple programmes open at once - so you can check your brief notes, discuss ideas over Slack, research reference material online, and keep your actual design in progress on screen, all without any annoying flicking between windows (sure to disrupt your flow).
are designed to offer space for designers to really get creative. And these benefits are being passed on to the next generation of graphic designers, 3D artists and illustrators thanks to a new initiative. LG’s UltraWide Academy Sponsorship Program sees it partnering with leading design institutions to provide students with the state-of-the-art tech they need to flourish. Most recently, , who now have access to a lab of new LG 34” Class 21:9 UltraWide Monitors.
Alongside all the possibilities the generous screen real estate offers, the young designers will also enjoy the benefits of enhanced colour rendering. LG UltraWide Monitors use sRGB over 99% IPS technology, which guarantees colour accuracy and eliminates the colour shifting and distortion common with traditional monitors. So designers can view their work in all its glory (and make sure what they see is that they’ll get).
“Personally I think creative professionals would definitely benefit from it,” says Joe, an illustration alumni from Parsons. “The monitor is basically the new drawing board, the colour correction and what you see on screen should exactly be what you printed. And if you’re video editing, then there should be no lag whatsoever.”
And an UltraWide Monitor isn’t just beneficial for graphic designers and illustrators: “It’s very wide and makes it easy to 3D model things or use Adobe Creative Suite, as the screen’s big enough to accommodate all the panels,” adds Lorraine, a product design student at Parsons.
Furthermore, the unique curved screens enable users to fully immerse themselves in their designs. “I think the 21:9 monitor is the future of screens, putting yourself inside the screen as it curves around you,” comments illustration student Samuel. “It's user oriented. It's ergonomic. This brings full immersion, the future of virtual reality.”
The talented young creatives at Parsons are best placed to make the most of this exciting new technology. Part of The New School university, Parsons is a leading NYC-based design institution, known for its diverse community of students and appetite for disrupting the status quo. With the right technologies, the budding new designers have all they need to help them reach their full potential and go on to produce work that could transform their industries.
As we continue into 2017, LG is considering extending its initiative to benefit a range different specialised schools, including institutes for photography, film and design. Who knows what they could go on to create?