Uses This

Interview

What do people use to get the job done?

Katie Rose Pipkin

Katie Rose Pipkin

Artist, developer

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm KR Pipkin, I make generative books, bots, games, and software. I also make drawings on paper, and collaborative work under the label Withering Systems. I'm currently in Pittsburgh, PA, at Carnegie Mellon University. Right now, I'm thinking a lot about the commodification of commons on the internet.

What hardware do you use?

A MacBook Pro, fairly close to the start of its life. A Brother laser printer and a Star receipt printer. I keep notes in the Mac OS Stickies app (some hundreds of thousands of words at this point) and I keep a physical notebook of no particular brand which fills up roughly every 8 months and gets placed on a shelf with the others.

(I'm also currently borrowing an AxiDraw pen plotter, which has changed my life!)

I generally travel as much as I can, so much of my work becomes centered on the screen or is pocket-sized. I'm still getting used to having a studio where I can gather equipment. It is a luxury~

And what software?

Almost entirely just JavaScript/Node.js. I sometimes end up using various JS frameworks, or Unity, but I tend to regret it - right now it is easier to just roll my own systems than deal with confusing documentation or other people's solutions. I'm looking forward to having a project that needs a level of system management beyond my capacities, though!

What would be your dream setup?

Um, well, I'd really like more toys to be honest. I'd love to have a good color printer or a risograph. I'd die for a plotter of my very own. I think a touchscreen or Wacom tablet would change my process in possibly-interesting ways. I'm interested in drones. I love arches paper and copic pens. I miss living with a piano.

(I'd really like all of these things in house in a desert.)