I’m constantly trying to improve the work I produce for my clients, and as such have to learn new skills to ensure my drawings are as good as they can possibly be. More and more now my clients are needing to show their end users what a furniture product will look like in their business before they’ve bought it. Space Planning will tell you if something fits in a space, but doesn’t always show you just exactly how it will look.
With this in mind I’ve been looking at Google Sketch Up. With this software I’m able to load in AutoCAD drawings and add textures and lighting so the end user gets a very good idea of how the furniture products will look in situ. This doesn’t add much time to the drawing process either as the bulk of the work is done in AutoCAD before hand. Below are a few example images some areas I’ve designed in Sketch Up.