Sep '04 - Aug '08
I'm interetsed in how the UI in various programs informs our way of seeing. People often lament the 'lack of scale' in autocad and rhino-- a symptom of the ease with which one can zoom in and out-- but I think it's just a new way of thinking about the relationship between 2d and 3d, scale and detail. Sometimes when zooming from a detail at the scale of a door to a view of the whole building I like to imagine actually experiencing that journey-- how many Gs would you pull when flying way up in the air like that? How high would you be?
One also tends to have bits and scraps of drawing strewn across the digital ground. The frenzy of creative production that used to be measured in rolls of trace may now be analyzed by zooming extents. What lays at the fringes of your drawings? Half drawn sections, fragmented plans, a stock of furniture, maybe even entirely abandoned schemes? Details? Reminders and to-do lists?
So here's a little experiment: If you use rhino stop reading this and go to whichever file you have open (because I know you're reading this when you should be working), save it (safety first), select everything, and then type "boundingbox" and hit enter. It will compute for a while and then draw a box around your entire drawing, all the bits and pieces and abandoned projects you have all over the place. Measure the bounding box and place the results here. I'm currently working with something like 3238'x4222' of drawing. That's about half of a square mile or 1.3 square kilometers.