Laptops and tablets are great tools for the designer on the move—but when it comes to maximizing your productivity, there's simply no alternative to a larger desktop screen. Smaller devices simply don't have enough space to efficiently display the many apps, images, multiple view frames and other documents that most designers juggle in their work, and while switching between different apps and programs might only take a few seconds, those seconds add up over the course of a long day. According to a study by the University of Utah, using a larger screen allowed people to complete tasks up to 52% faster, saving as much as 2.5 hours per day. These findings are also backed up by myriad anecdotal evidence: ask any architect and they will likely agree that a larger monitor helps them professionally.
Top design professionals have vouched for the benefits of LG's UltraWide monitors. Their exceptional screen size makes multitasking across multiple windows a breeze, and their incredibly accurate color representation prevents frustrating return trips to the printer or plotter. These screens' ergonomic curve also wraps around the user, making a day sat at a desk more comfortable.
With their grant program and their UltraWide Monitors, LG is helping the next generation of designers to realize their potential by partnering with leading design institutions, from architecture to product design.
Most recently, the company partnered with The New School's Parsons School for Design in New York City. The school received a state-of-the-art computer lab featuring LG 34" Class 21:9 UltraWide Monitors.
These 21:9 displays are able to display much more visual information than typical screens, offering more efficiency than a typical dual-screen setup. Color accuracy is guaranteed by the display's sRGB over 99% IPS technology, while the On-Screen Control makes it easy to adjust the settings. In addition, the monitors include a Screen Split function that gives 14 options for multitaskers.
The impact on Parsons students has been immediate, with a recent survey showing that 70% of the students felt that the new displays made multitasking easier and improved productivity.
“Personally I think creative professionals would definitely benefit from it,” said Joe, an illustration alumni from Parsons. “The monitor is basically the new drawing board, the color 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.”
“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,” added Lorraine, a Product Design student.
In 2017, LG is looking to expand its UltraWide Academy Sponsorship Program to other schools, and is considering specialized institutes for photography, film and design.
The program is part of LG's commitment to giving the designers and creatives of the future the tools they need to push their fields forward—a sentiment that was well expressed by Illustration student Samuel, who said “I think the 21:9 monitor is the future of screens putting yourself inside the screen as it curves around you. It's user oriented. It's ergonomic. This brings full immersion, the future of virtual reality.”