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Carving it up in Telluride with IRender nXt
In this case study we’re in Colorado, USA, and the beautiful mountain town of Telluride. Known for its stunning setting, Telluride is a ski destination in the winter, while festivals and hiking draw visitors during the summer.
We talked to Blake Builder, Director of Facilities for Telluride Ski and Golf, who is a user of our IRender nXt SketchUp rendering extension. Blake is a graduate of the University of Colorado (CU Boulder), College of Environmental Design. After college he moved to Arizona and worked in construction, framing houses for 10 years. During this time he started designing at night and taught himself AutoCAD. Once he mastered AutoCAD, Blake went to work for an architectural practice where he designed resorts and high end custom homes, among other building types. BIM was in its infancy and SketchUp appeared on the scene providing an easy to use tool that could be used for design presentations.
Blake moved to Telluride in 2008 and started working for the ski resort where he’s responsible for new build, remodeling, and maintenance projects. He does all of his drawings in-house.
How are you using renderings in your work?
Part of my role involves developing presentation packages to show to various local authorities to get capital spend approval, and for public viewing. It became apparent that I needed to raise the bar on my presentations from the somewhat cartoonish output from SketchUp to photo-real. Having a photorealistic model makes it easier for the town council or review board to relate to whatever project I’m seeking approval for. IRender nXt has enabled me to do this.
Can you share an example of a rendering from a recent project?
Sure. These renderings are from a 30-unit affordable housing development that I modeled in SketchUp and rendered with IRender nxt.
Why did you choose IRender nXt?
When I started looking for a rendering program I searched the internet, identified several I was interested in and then signed up for trials. Several factors influenced my choice of IRender nXt including price, ease of use, and the quality of the photorealistic output. Some of the more expensive rendering software I tried didn’t generate the same quality output as IRender. I’m very happy with your software, and your support is great.
What do you like about IRender nXt?
I like that it’s simple to use, but also gives me a range of controls so I can make adjustments to quickly achieve the look I’m after. I don’t want to spend copious amounts of time messing around to get a great rendering, and I’ve found IRender strikes a great balance between adjustment, speed, and quality.
If you know materials, you know what you want your model to look like. I usually get physical sample materials which I take photos of, or download materials from websites, to create and use my own materials within SketchUp. Then I can render them through IRender and the results are consistent with reality. Having said that, I also appreciate the materials you provide in IRender as they give me added flexibility.
You’ve become quite a proficient user of IRender. Are there any aspects of the software that you’re trying to use more efficiently?
I’ve been experimenting recently with my own photographic background images instead of stock backgrounds. I’ve become pretty good at using photos I take on site as the background to my designs. Here’s a rendering of a monument designed for the ski area using a photo of the actual backdrop where it will be located.
Also, my work has mainly been exteriors, but I’m going to be doing more interior remodels and am looking forward to learning how to best leverage IRender for those types of scenes.
Thank you, Blake! We appreciate you sharing about your work and how you’re taking your designs to the next level with IRender nXt.
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Oshrat Peretz, winner of our February Rendering of the Month, is owner/CEO of Imago, a boutique designer of exhibition stands based in Israel. We recently talked with Oshrat to find out more about her design work and how the IRender nXt extension for SketchUp has been working out for her.
How did you get started in the exhibition industry?
I started in the world of exhibitions working for a logistics company where I was an expert in shipping cargo to events around the world. After a few years, I crossed over to the field of design and production of exhibition stands working as a production / project manager and customer account manager.
When did you form your company, Imago, and how did the design side of the business progress?
I established Imago 6 years ago while studying for my MBA. At first, I worked with freelance architects who designed for me while I concentrated on sales and production. But I became frustrated with the designs I was being given as they didn’t capture what I was asking for. At that point I found out about SketchUp and learned how to use it from online tutorials. I also searched the internet for an easy to learn rendering program and found IRender nXt.
What’s the background to your winning rendering?
The rendering you chose as the winner is a stand I designed for one of the clients who is going to exhibit at the Automechanike show taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, in September 2018.
What IRender nXt features did you use to produce your photorealistic model?
According to the client brief, they wanted the stand to have good lights with their products prominently displayed. For lighting I used two kinds of light components in IRender:
To get the reflection on the floor, I defined the floor material as glass. I built a black wall around the stand so I would have a background to contrast the stand’s color. I was very pleased with this as it makes the stand pop-out.
For the rendering setting I used Studio – High Dynamic, with the image size set to High-res.
Do you have any other exhibition stand renderings?
Here are a couple of other designs I have produced recently
What do you like about our IRender nXt rendering extension for SketchUp?
I love the software because it was so simple and friendly to learn it and to use it.
Thank you, Oshrat! We’re excited you’re getting great photorealistic results from our IRender nXt plugin to help you impress your clients.
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