Kitchen Design Plugin for Sketchup, Sketchup training.

Great Design + Sketchup = Awesome (DIFFA)

A while back, a friend who goes by the name of Tyler Wisler who's a fantastic interior approached me with a problem:

He was selected as a DIFFA designer.  DIFFA stands for Design Industries Foundation for Fighting AIDS.  What DIFFA does is get excellent designers to design these baskets that are filled with all kinds of donated product.  The baskets are auctioned off and the proceeds go to AIDS research.  You can see some of the baskets here.

Tyler had a design in mind, but needed someone to build it.  That's when he approached me to do a 3D model for him.  We started with this sketch from Tyler:



After getting that, and some pictures of the fabrics and colors, I went to work building the Sketchup model.  I did an initial model for him, we tweaked a few colors and this was the end result:



I even did a dimensioned drawing so that the fabricators could build it exactly the way he wanted:



The end result? This:

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So combining great design technology, and fantastic design sense, this incredible design came to life with hardly any friction.  Designers should have tools that get out of their way and let them design, and Sketchup is just such a tool.  Nice work Tyler!

Plugin: View Parts

I was just made aware of a very cool new plugin for Sketchup called "View Parts" Put simply, it takes an assembly of parts and lays them out in scene tabs.  This is something I've done manually over the years to show how an assembly of parts will look.  I'll let the video below do the explaining:

You can find this plugin right inside Sketchup 2013's Extension Warehouse.  It's free, and absolutely worth checking out.

Hand Drawing with Jim Leggitt

A few weeks ago at the AIA show in Washington DC I had the chance to meet Jim Leggitt in person. For those of you that don't know, Jim Leggitt is an AIA member who creates absolutely incredible hand renderings of buildings.

Above is just a tiny example of what he does.  What you may or may not be able to tell from this picture is that he combines Sketchup 3D drawings with hand drafting.  Jim will create 3D models in Sketchup, print them out, and then draw by hand over them.  I had seen his stuff before, but never in person.

He took a moment to stop by the Sketchup booth where he showed me his book of drawings.  I was completely blown away.  His hand applied techniques to Sketchup models are simply amazing.  This video can explain what he does much better then I can here:

Jim is a fantastic guy.  His technique is nothing short of amazing, not only because the end result is fantastic, but it's not as hard to do as it looks.  Jim has a great blog with tips on how to do this, a book that he has written, and he even teaches classes on his techniques.  I highly recommend that you go over to his website and check it out, you won't be disappointed!