Tools of the Trade

Many designers forget that their clients can be flummoxed by technical aspects of restaurant design. Thankfully, there are a few tools out there that can help us provide our clients a better understanding of what a space may look like. While most designers are comfortable working and reading 2D space plans many of our clients have trouble visualizing their future spaces using conventional design tools. Bargreen Ellingson Design employs several tools to give our clients the ability to understand what their final project will look like with just the click of a button. However this doesn’t just help clients visualize their designs, it also helps us convey the mood and nuances of a design that can be lost in translation.

Here are just a few tools our designer are using:
Google SketchUp:  

This is a free download from Google, but you can also purchase a license to use some of the features that may not be available on the free version.  This is a simple and intuitive program to which allows a person to create 3D drawings quickly. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in doing 3D, to first start with Sketchup.

Autodesk SketchBook:  

Deriving from the makers of Autodesk, Sketchbook is a really great tool to use when rendering a drawing or if you want to sketch an idea out.  The great thing about Sketchbook is you can put it on your tablet and sketch ideas in front of your client.  I really enjoy using this program for rendering purposes because I can add the actual material I have specified.

Autodesk 3Ds Max Design:  

Another great 3D modeling program that many architects and designers are using today. Unlike Google SketchUp, 3Ds Max gives you a realistic feel what a space is going to look like.  You can also create an animated walk-through of the space, which can provide the client a real feel for the entire space instead of just a section or limited area.