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Creative Architectural Presentation Board Graphics

By Nikki Sabato

Architectural thesis presentation is one of the highlights of an undergraduate architectural course. For the last thesis year of the four or five year course in architecture, completion of the final coursework usually entails a semester of research, a semester of production and thesis defense. The production stage usually involves printing of the designed thesis project on 20x30 inch poster papers. These poster papers are mounted on boards for presentation and defense to a panel of jurors. The same procedure is followed in professional practice. In the initial schematic or conceptual design meeting, drawings are printed on poster paper and mounted on boards for presentation to clients. Both instances require the application of graphic designs skills on planning, scaling, drawing, computer or manual rendering, printing and finally mounting the drawings. Below are ideas to consider when printing architectural boards.

o Poster size - When printing architectural drawings, students or professionals draw each line measured according to a specific scale. Students and professionals determine the best scale in relation to the paper size before printing. The scaled drawing must be visible enough for jurors to see the scaled relationship or dimension of the design's component. If printed and rendered digitally, the student or professional designer prints a bar scale of the drawing to retain nearly true dimension of the drawings.

o Poster borders - Poster borders need to be planned and designed for. Students and professionals usually choose a graphic design for the borders. Border design should be simple and not too loud or garish so as not to divert attention from the architectural drawing. Poster borders are usually black with a pattern or texture. Black is a popular border choice done in either plain or with colored, graphic accents.

o Drawing resolution - When printing, students and professionals consider poster printing resolution. Large format posters in 20x30 sizes also need a specific high resolution setting in order for the drawings not to appear pixilated.

For quick, easy and reliable poster printing, it's best to visit a local print shop for printing needs. Another even more convenient alternative is utilizing online printing services. Online printing services such as Uprinting for example, even offer choices of rolled or mounted poster printing.

Creating 3D Presentations

By Daniel Kreimer

In a typical architectural office, the method of modeling you choose often depends on the comfort level of those performing the work. You should, however, familiarize yourself with all three methods to have a variety of tools options.

There is no right or wrong way of creating 3D presentations and the last thing you want to do is to rely on only one method of modeling scenes. In the real world, you will use a combination of methods.

Think of it as buying a large set of mechanics tools. You get several cabinets (software packages), each with several drawers (menus and panels). Each drawer is filled with unusual tools (commands and modifiers). Until you familiarize yourself with as many tools as possible and have a feel for where they are and when best to use them, there is no way you can fix a car in a productive and cost-effective manner.

Even though you have the tools to model incredible detail, however, keep in mind that not all detail has to be modeled. Most 3D programs have the tools to create the illusion of 3D geometry when none exists and a productive office must know when it is appropriate to simulate complex geometry instead of modeling it.

Some 3D tools for simulating geometry are:

Bump Mapping

Opacity Mapping

Environmental Backgrounds

A couple of helpful books for anyone creating buildings and everyday household objects are the student or professional versions of Architectural Graphics Standards by Ramsey/Sleeper (John Wiley and Sons) and The Architect's Portable Handbook by Pat Guthrie. For years the professional version of Architectural Graphics Standards has been the bible for architects and builders as a reference for the determining sizes of almost everything you can imagine from restaurant equipment, to sports field layout, to standard construction methods.

Architectural Signage, ADA Signage, and Window Graphics - Building Your Company Identity

By Christine Harrell

Enhancing your corporate identity is the most effective way for you to get your customers to associate certain traits with your company, products, and services. When your customers think about those traits, you want them to think of your business instantly. One of the best ways to put your corporate entity at the front of their minds is by incorporating your brand on the outside of your business. Everything from your architectural signage and ADA signage to window graphics can portray the business' image to those passing by and greet customers before they ever open the door.

Architectural Signage

These don't have to be plain neon signs on a stick or an acrylic square on the wall. Consider the style and ideas you would like to portray to your customers. Once you have a design idea, carry the same thought throughout your signs and architecture to give the entire building a seamless feeling.

For a spa and resort, look for muted colors with natural inspired details to give the signs a feeling of "'pure', 'natural', and 'relaxing.'" They could be made from glass and be suspended between log posts, or it could be metal or brass letters mounted on a large slab of rough lumber. For an IT professional, architectural signage could be made from encasing modern, sharp-lined logo and lettering with a metal frame keeping the entire thing looking ultra high-tech and sharp.

ADA Signage

All of these signs have to comply with the federal guidelines, but that doesn't mean you can't add the company's brand to them. You can change the colors, the way they are mounted, and even add framing and your logo to the design. For a law firm or business that wants to portray a professional and a formal message, ADA signage made of dark acrylic with formal gold lettering is ideal. Frosted glass or plexi with colored, etched lettering would work well in this instance as well.

Window Graphics

Fast food chains are a great example of the power and success of this type of image. Specials are constantly advertised in their windows with large printed paper advertisements. Why not harness this power in your business? You can have your logo and company name added through etching or acrylic appliques for an effective and elegant touch.

A graphic design company for example, may like full window graphics printed with bright geometrical shapes and patterns to bring attention to the company brand. You can choose to have them in all the windows or just on the door. You can also have a series of individual graphics, or have a series of full sized images that carry from one window to the next.

Emphasizing the company brand can be done in an unlimited number of ways. Advertising pieces such as architectural signage, ADA signage, and window graphics will not only be functional, but also will consciously and sub-consciously relay the important image and concepts consumers need to associate with your business in order to be successful.

AutoCAD Architectural Modeling With 3D Graphics - Powerful Option For Construction

By Mike J Thomas

If you are new in building construction world and want to get best results in your business in short span of time, then AutoCAD architectural modeling with 3D graphics is the powerful option for you. Architectural modeling is an easiest method to represent building architectural designs to respective builders, contractors, architects and other building professionals. This will clarify every small aspect of building structure to builders and will allow them to build a perfect building structure for you.

AutoCAD architectural modeling is mostly used methodology these days for getting quicker and more accurate results in building construction business. Main reason behind this is the use of AutoCAD and 3D graphics in creating 3D architectural building models for range of users. Yes, architectural modeling is all about making creative and realistic 3D architectural building models for any building professional. And use of 3D graphics makes it much more desirable than other related services.

AutoCAD is a powerful technology that plays a decisive role here. A complete 3- Dimensional visualization of a proposed building design for architects and other professionals is the major area of concern in AutoCAD architectural 3D modeling. Such 3D models are the easiest way to explain how building structure will look from different angles and views. Using these 3D building models for designing / constructing a building is quite open- ended and sensible approach.

Architectural 3D modeling is quite essential in following areas:
o 3D architectural exterior models for any type of buildings
o 3D architectural interior models for any type of buildings
o 3D landscape design modeling
o 3D architectural building products development and presentation

When builders get these much advantageous architectural modeling services in the earlier phases of constructing a building, then it becomes easier for them to build the best of the buildings with top quality.


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Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.
Thomas Fuller

I don't think of form as a kind of architecture. The architecture is the result of the forming. It is the kinesthetic and visual sense of position and wholeness that puts the thing into the realm of art.
Roy Lichtenstein

Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.
Ambrose Bierce

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.
John Ruskin

Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.
John Ruskin

We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears!
John Ruskin

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.
John Ruskin

Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.
Guillaume Apollinaire

When we build, let us think that we build for ever.
John Ruskin

All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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