Help-- Experienced Designer Needed!


Hi.  I need a program that 1. Is powerful (I'd like to be able to do skyscrapers/twists) 2. Learn-able from skratch.

It doesn't need to be an easy program, there just need be enough material to teach me how to use it thoroughly.

I was considering Gehry Technologies' design program, but the youtube videos don't explain what's going on.

I've never learned a design program before.

Mar 6, 13 1:01 pm

learn from skratch?  try scetchup!

Mar 6, 13 2:52 pm

grasshopper for rhino

Mar 6, 13 3:32 pm


Mar 6, 13 4:11 pm

rhino or conceptual massing in revit

Mar 6, 13 4:21 pm

you can learn any modelling software out there... Truth is.. Even though you master the software, it ain't going to help you if you plain suck in designing.  Don't confuse modeling with designing, and don't confuse making fancy renderings with making something that is constructable. xD

Mar 6, 13 5:03 pm

accesskb, you sound like you know what you're talking about.  I'd like to go by your recommendation.

Mar 6, 13 6:19 pm

Yes, I'd like to make models for the time being.  No structural/HVAC plumbing ect.  I like to make models for portfolio

Mar 6, 13 6:21 pm

Sketchup is easy and fast to learn, and with a few add-ons and plug-ins can be surprisingly powerful and sophisticated (haters can suck it). But it has its limits. Eventually, you'll want to transition to something else when you want to take on something really complicated.

Rhino is not as easy to learn but not that difficult. It's far more powerful as a modeling tool, and grasshopper is the shiznit. It's my personal favorite, but exporting Rhino files into other programs can be problematic.

3DS Max is a royal pain in the ass to learn (it has a really non-intuitive and frustrating GUI), but works very well with rendering software for top-quality graphic output.

Revit conceptual modeling has potential and makes transition to full BIM modeling a snap, but isn't quite ready for prime time yet. Wait for the next, improved version. Also, Revit's built-in rendering engine isn't that great.

Mar 7, 13 4:04 pm

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