Every school year I spend a fair amount of my time teaching kids how to use a simple web-based 3D design program known as TinkerCAD. Developed by legendary Autodesk, TinkerCAD provides access for virtually anyone with a computer to design something to spec in digital 3D space – within limits of course.
If TinkerCAD is a playground, its parent application suite is a fully loaded amusement park. Designers who can navigate and properly deploy software like Autodesk’s 3DS Max for a final render have simply redefined the art in recent years. Like in Hollywood, the power of today’s graphic processors is yielding results far beyond what early filmmakers ever thought to be possible. Architectural designs are similar, but do not require motion – so it’s not difficult to really hone in on a few key frames.
While the marketing value added by such quality craftsmanship is clear, the raw inspiration it can produce for the design community worldwide may be impossible to quantify. If seeing is believing, there’s no telling what kind of designs lay on the horizon as the digital and physical worlds continue their crash course. If you’re like me, however, and curious what the future possibilities of design look like, take a trip down some of the hashtags listed in the post above. Who knows, you might just find the perfect artist for your next render.