Professional Renderings

Discussion (4)

  1. Phlox

    Ah, the lying marker/paintbrush–pet peeve since school where poor design could be gussied up with flashy graphics, and good design can be oversold too. Falsies and lipstick on a pig. Computer graphics are even scarier, a brave new world. All kinds of lies can be told with renderings, where it’s always spring, children carry balloons, everything is clean, and nothing is trendy but everlastingly in style. New! Improved! Exciting! Show me what it looks like on a cloudy day in November, populated with average folks, five years after construction.

  2. E Architect

    Phlox – you make the best point about renderings – the more “junk” you put into them the more realistic they look however the less appealing they become. I have rendered sterile medical CAT scan rooms that the client thought looked fantastic, but as soon as I put in the wall outlets and light switches (which were in the plans) they no longer liked the image. They want us to lie to them.

  3. CADirk

    We had some customers that asked for “photorealistic” renders for some projects, but that gave us some points of inconvenience.
    First, it takes an awful lot of time to render any decent sized building or interior.
    Second point that E Architect also points out, you have to put in all the ugly stuff as well, because if you are supposed to achieve realism, wall outlets and other things pop up anyway.
    Thirs, the customer is never satisfied with the end result because the project never ends up looking like the render.
    After some of these hiccups, we decided to go with the simple and fast solution of using the built in “cartoon” like display option in revit, with proper shading and colors we hoped were right.
    This proved to be fast, reliable, easy to adjust, didn’t scare the customer with images that would never be realized anyway and saved us a lot of trouble.

  4. Plagitecture

    Oh yes, the joy of renderings. An artist’s perception of a concept used as a design tool to relay information to a client about an object that does not exist. I dont know about you guys but our clients insist that our conceptual sketches and renderings should be our con docs. It is the tipping point where a client understands what they are getting and not knowing how to read a set of plans and specs.