Sketchup – my latest love, hate, and time waster…it has such akward, unprecise controls, yet I love the simplicity of it, the fact that I can build a 3-d model within hours and simulate just what something will look like, down to 3-d squirrel placement!
This has been a fun tool for my retail environment class, where I’m building The Nut House, a cafe set in a park that is part tree house part asylum. Yes, it serves nut enhanced drinks and beverages. I love this project, and feel like I’ve really been able to put myself fully into it.
Anyway, before any foam board was cut for a mock up, Sketch Up really help me visualize what was going on here, and I spent way too much time playing with it than I should have…my main complaint is the lack of xyz coordinates where you can plug in values to place your stuff…like in any Adobe program (at least x and y; After Effects has xyz) and all those crazy advanced programs…but it is a simple thing to add with out loosing simplicity. I do like the user database of components tho, and enjoyed seeing all the 3d crap people made that can be easily imported. Yes, someone made 3-d snot. I stuck to 3-d squirrels.