Interior Design Visual Presentation
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Interior Design Visual Presentation

A Guide to Graphics, Models and Presentation Methods

Maureen Mitton

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Interior Design Visual Presentation

A Guide to Graphics, Models and Presentation Methods

Maureen Mitton

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A newly updated and comprehensive guide to all aspects of visual design

From doing a quick sketch to producing a fully rendered model, the ability to create visual representations of designs is a critical skill for every designer. Interior Design Visual Presentation, Fifth Edition offers thorough coverage of interior design communication used throughout the design process, complete with a broad range of real-world examples.

This fully updated handbook presents a full range of styles and techniques used for interior design visual communication, from hand drawing to 3D computer modeling. Its accessible, how-to approach guides you through a variety of methods for executing creative and successful design graphics, models, and presentations. Recognizing the ongoing proliferation of digital tools for visual representation, this edition provides the latest information on software used in presentation such as Photoshop, and SketchUp, and covers the integration of Revit, and AutoCAD generated content into design presentations.

• Covers all aspects of visual design and presentation for interior designers

• Includes color illustrations that feature a wide range of project types including residential, healthcare and public projects, designed to highlight step-by-step instructions

• Provides a discussion of incorporation of 3D digital models into presentations including use in virtual reality, and expanded information on scale models including a discussion of 3D printing

•Includes a companion website for instructors, featuring PowerPoint lecture slides and an instructor's manual

From traditional to cutting-edge techniques, Interior Design Visual Presentation, Fifth Edition gives students and professionals alike the tools to give life to their design vision.

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An Introduction to Drawing for Interior Design

Interior design is a multifaceted and ever-changing discipline. The practice of interior design continues to evolve due to technological as well as societal changes.
The sentences above were written many years ago in the introduction to the first edition of this book, and they continue to hold true today. Digital technology continues to influence—and to catalyze—the ongoing evolution of design practice. Current interior design practice has evolved to require the use of software throughout the design process, and yet manual drawing and sketching continue to be seen as highly useful as well.
While the profession continues to evolve, in many ways, the design process itself is a constant, whether it is practiced with a pencil or a powerful computer running special software. There are many stories about designers drawing preliminary sketches on cocktail napkins or on scratch paper, and these anecdotes lead us to a simple truth: design drawing is a key part of the design process.
Professional designers conduct research and generate piles of information, then wrap this all together with inspiration and hard work in what is referred to as the design process to create meaningful and useful environments. An enduring and key factor in interior design is that human beings—and other living creatures—occupy and move within interior spaces. To create interior environments, professional designers must engage in a process that involves research, understanding, idea generation, evaluation, and documentation—all significant constants in an ever-changing world.
This book covers the drawing and presentation elements used in design communication throughout the design process. These processes and basic concepts are consistent, whether generated manually or by computer. Practicing designers currently use computers for most finalized design drawings as well as for many in-process drawings. Manual drawings are usually used earlier in the design process or to create quick, idea-oriented sketches throughout the process as needed.
This chapter covers what is often referred to as drafting, as well as other forms of two-dimensional graphics. The term drafting refers to measured drawings done with specialized drawing tools or computers.
Drawings created in the preliminary stages of the design process are often rough, or schematic, sketches and might be done by hand. As designs are refined, there is a need for highly accurate, measured, and detailed drawings, and these are most commonly generated via computer. Put another way, as a design is refined, the drawings for that design are also refined: the design process is one of refinement, as is the drawing process. Figures 1-1a, b, and c illustrate drawing refinement occurring during the design process.
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Figure 1-1A through 1-1c Drawings are refined as the design process moves forward in a continual process of refinement, as one can see from early hand-drawn exploration sketches (1-1a), to more refined (1-1b) to the finalized design drawn using AutoCAD (1-1c).
Design and sketches by Courtney Nystuen; AutoCAD drawing by Shelley Pecha
This chapter presents an overview of the most common drawings used in interior design practice. The information presented is meant as an overview, not a definitive drawing or drafting reference. Subsequent chapters cover the other forms of drawing and design graphics used in sketching, as well as other forms of idea generation.
The practice of interior design requires the creation and use of various types of drawings. These can be divided into three broad categories based on purpose.

Interior Design Drawings Types and Purposes

  1. Ideation
    Conceptual or preliminary drawings that allow the designer to explore ideas and work conceptually, often in the form of sketches.
  2. Communication
    These drawings allow the designer to communicate to others, including members of the design team, the client, end users, consultants, and other professionals, usually through presentation drawings.
  3. Construction
    This type of drawing conveys the technical information required for construction through construction documents or working drawings.
This book focuses on the first two types of drawing: those used for exploration and presentation or for graphic communication of ideas.
To create the appropriate type of drawing with the level of detail required, one can begin by asking what the purpose of the drawing is. For example, if ideation is the goal, then the drawings should be sketchy and executed quickly by hand, using few (or no) drawing tools.
Interestingly, as modeling software becomes more advanced, students and d...

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