3D rendering has certainly changed the way people are designing and creating new buildings, structures and public spaces. Many years ago people only had blueprints or technical drawings or an artist's impression to go off in order to see how a bridge, house or a whole estate would look once it had been completed. This was often unsatisfactory and it is easy to envision a scenario where a client was surprised by how a finished building looked because the way they interpreted the plans bore little relation to the completed structure. Today, that's all changed due to the creation of 3D rendering. Designers now have the ability to bring technical drawings and designs to life and create images that look as if you are standing in front of the bridge, house or housing estate.
This has certainly helped companies that rely on their ability to show clients visual impressions of the final project. In previous years, architects had to rely on companies or in-house teams to build scale models with cardboard and polystyrene. These days, if an architect wants to present a building design to a client they can not only show them the exterior but literally walk them through the interior floor by floor, giving them a far better understanding of what to expect.
The latest generation of designers is no longer sporting pens and notebooks, but is instead opting for the latest iPad, MacBook or the latest Windows PC and the options at their fingertips seem infinite. Digital designers have software for design, then for 3D rendering and more than likely something to test the load points of the building as well – all at their fingertips.
This has allowed many young designers to really push the boat out when it comes to designing. In some cases many designers are now looking into the past for inspiration and then putting their own spin on things. The Empire State Building is very much a 1920s design, but now you can find hints of these features in many cities around the world. Designers today seem to have no boundaries to confine them.
All that can be said is that it is good for everyone involved. The designer is able to show far more flair and can mix and match trends; the clients get to see the finished article in all its glory; and the general public get to bear witness to new, innovative, striking designs.
Wilfred Spines, a lover of good quality design writes about 3D rendering, on behalf of www.artvps.com.