Software for Concept Work

Postby Granger49 » January 21st, 2013, 11:53 am


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Hi all,

I'm not a professional designer though I have some schooling in architecture and a general affinity for design and drawing. I studied parametric software ages ago and am familiar with Pro-E, good with Adobe suite, but no experience with, i.e. Rhino or Alias.

I want to come up with some great concept images of product ideas that I have. I'd like to use them to inspire others that I may try to get involved in making these ideas a reality. And I'd like to do them myself to both give myself a creative outlet - and not spend any money.

So my question - what do you recommend in terms of design software that would be a balance of:

* sufficiently high-res final images
* reasonable learning curve for the purpose (concept images, subject to iteration, i.e. not to spec)

On another thread I saw the usual Pro-E/Solidworks, Rhino/Alias. Are there any options out there more geared to concept studies?

Thanks a lot.

Re: Software for Concept Work

Postby chevisw » January 21st, 2013, 1:06 pm


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Check out these three videos

http://www.idsa.org/these-ain%E2%80%99t ... hing-tools

http://www.idsa.org/content/content1/sk ... ok-stevens

http://www.idsa.org/work-flow-process-d ... as-maguire


These are instructional videos i hosted/created that may provide you with options.

Re: Software for Concept Work

Postby Generatewhatsnext » January 21st, 2013, 9:43 pm

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If your goal is concept images to create excitement and explain ideas, I'd stick with the basics and try Sketchbook Pro. It will allow you to explore as you communicate.
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Re: Software for Concept Work

Postby Granger49 » January 23rd, 2013, 10:13 am


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Thanks to both for your suggestions. I'll checkout the links.

I've got Sketchbook Pro on my iPad but I'm sure it's probably more suited to use on a Mac, maybe with a Wacom tablet?

My product idea is a leather-bound consumer technology accessory - really want to convey the premium surface and some details like colored stitching, so I thought I might need a rendering tool.

Thanks again!

Re: Software for Concept Work

Postby Kung Fu Jesus » January 23rd, 2013, 10:52 am


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The Wacom tablet + Photoshop is certainly a good combination to render. If you want photorealistic renderings, Rhino + Keyshot is a great, somewhat inexpensive combination ($1800). I have never really been fond of Flamingo, Rhino's native renderer. YMMV.
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