Jeremy Lacy is among a growing trend of dual use consumers who are investigating the Microsoft promise of, one device for multiple needs. Lacy is an industrial designer by profession but maintains a motorcycle and hot rod concept art hobby.
In an interview posted on the Surface Blog, Jeremy discusses how long he has been using SketchBook and the Surface Pro line to help him design around the world. Jeremy also explains his use case with the Surface Pro line and why he chose the Surface Pro 3 over other options.
“I’ve been using SketchBook since about 2006 or so. I was immediately drawn to the streamlined interface and how it didn’t slow me down while using the software. I try most new drawing packages that are released but I always find myself coming back to SketchBook because it’s the fastest for getting my ideas out there.”
Jeremy also notes that he had been a user of the Surface Pro devices since it the first generation launched. Prior to the Surface Pro 3, his portable device usage was torn between the portability of the iPad and the functionality of the Surface. With the release of the Surface Pro 3, he was able to slim down his portability options.
“I like drawing on the Surface because of the portability and the form factor. It’s lightweight, has a good screen size, and has a great stylus. I find that when I go back and try to draw on the iPad now using the top rated styli they just can’t keep pace with what the Surface provides. There is always some sort of lag. That lag isn’t there with the Surface Pro 3, so it’s become my portable weapon of choice. I love that I can stand in front of a bike at a show or to a shop and have all of the tools I’d need to illustrate that bike in one compact device.”
Jeremy finds that he works faster using a larger canvas at times and when he does, he’ll usually go to a desktop combination of Mac and Wacom Cintiq 21ux. However, when he needs a change of pace, he’ll grab his Surface Pro 3. The split between his workflow is now 60% desktop and 40% Surface Pro.
“I can work faster on the large desktop screen but I like the advantages of using touch to pan and zoom on the Surface, plus I can’t take my Mac and Wacom with me. If I want to be or need to be mobile the Surface is like my whole studio – just portable. " Jeremy says.
Microsoft likes to highlight the creative or enterprise who use Surface Pros. But perhaps the idea Jeremy referenced as “the Surface is like my whole studio., ” is what Microsoft is fine tuning future Surface Pros to be along with Windows 10 functionality. An all in one experience for everybody.