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Telling the full story with SketchUp Pro and LayOut

We often describe SketchUp as both design and communication software. Some folks don’t get the communication element, but for anyone who needs to share and collaborate with clients or partners, the fluid nature of SketchUp Pro and LayOut is essential.

Recently Nick Sonder, who runs a one-man shop for architectural design, sat down with us to talk about how he uses SketchUp Pro through the entire design process: using one 3D model as the basis for interior and exterior detailing, as well as for robust, unified, and precise construction documents used by contractors.


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11 comments :

EDAAD said...

Excellent presentation. Beautiful job telling this story and showing examples of real-world applications. I think every SketchUp user can benefit from these vignettes. Personally I've always wanted to see the "Case Studies > Film and Television" section of the SketchUp website updated. Perhaps some "telling the full story" videos with members of that community!

Ken Thomas said...

I agree. I'd love to see more case study videos of SketchUp and LayOut being used in the real world by architects, interior designers and landscape architects. Hope to see some more of these so as to give budding designers the confidence to get these tools up and running in their practice. Love the video!

Jason Quinn said...

Thanks for this - I came into the SketchUp world from the mechanical engineer (ProEngineer) world and this really encourages me to break my old habits and learn new ones. Faster ones that let me spend time on design and not drafting.

acs architects said...

Really great work! I'd really like to see Nick Sonder's work flow and get some samples templates. I would definitely make use of LayOut with the tools to get me started on construction documents like Nick Sonder does. Please share!

GW said...

Amazing! Anybody know what renderer is used for the photo realistic pictures?

Unknown said...

We use Sketchup & Layout exclusively at our kitchen and bath design studio in Berkeley. It's a huge marketing tool, as it allow us to compress our preliminary design and design development stages, and makes it easier for a client to make rapid decisions about materials, fixtures and finishes. We do live design sessions with our clients and sketchup, our clients love it.

modaby design said...

Excellent drawings.

Nick,

Would you mind commenting on a couple of things:

1. What type of computer system are you running? PC or Mac? Video Card? RAM? Processor? Etc.

2. Does your workflow and collaboration with consultants (structural engineers, etc.) require that you still convert to ACAD file formats for their use?

Thanks for the insight.

modaby design said...

Also,I find complicated drawing revisions to be a challenge at times.

Any comments to that?

Thanks again.

Michelle said...

I have been using SketchUp for over 5 years in the field of Interior Design and Illustration, and I have to say, it's the most intuitive program I have ever used. You can use it for schematics to details, all from one model, which has to be built correctly right down to the smallest detail, allowing you to work out the problems during the drawing process, rather than on site. Shhh...the secret is out ;)

Michelle said...

I have been using SketchUp for over 5 years in the field of Interior Design and Illustration, and I have to say, it's the most intuitive program I have ever used. You can use it for schematics to details, all from one model, which has to be built correctly right down to the smallest detail, allowing you to work out the problems during the drawing process, rather than on site. Shhh...the secret is out ;)

SketchUp Team said...

Hey folks,

If anyone is interested to learn more about the SketchUp/LayOyt techniques Nick uses to develop construction documents, check out this in-depth series that we recorded with him: http://goo.gl/J6R4l

We hope this helps answer some of the follow-up questions about his methods!

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