Technical Drawings

Now that I have completed the creative phase of the designing stage, I have a clear idea of how I want to construct my sit+ store furniture unit.

This design will be a readers’ heaven! With spaces to accommodate any seating posture you can imagine, this furniture will also be able to store all those book collections that we have stuffed in one or the other corner of the house!

This wall-covering unit also works as an extremely contemporary and symmetrical piece of art which can even be used decoratively in any space. The technical drawings are easy and clear to understand and does not require much construction hassle either.

The furniture includes single cubes and cuboids which are arranged in a repetitive pattern to create a single furniture unit. To add an interesting touch to the unit, I have added a swinging bench which is always appealing to every body! At a time, the furniture can seat up to 4 people comfortably. The drawings are straight forward and easy to understand with dashed lines to show hidden objects. As a designer, I always aim to have clear and understandable drawings with enough relevant information to move the project forward into the construction stage. The drawings need to be accurate as these will be the foundation for the 3D models in the next step.

Note: All these drawings are done at a scale of 1:20. All measurements are according to the metric system of units. The above dimensions are in millimetres.


Digital Applications: Create- VectorWorks

Out of the many applications available to help with the creation of professional design content, I chose to assess the features of vector works, as it is a completely new software to me. 

I have had previous experience with AutoCAD, and I must mention that this has helped me enormously while getting acquainted with vector works. My initial thoughts after the software opened up one start the interface looked a little over spilled with buttons. The icons were cluttered all over the screen and so the information seemed a little overwhelming. Although, I think this works to it’s advantage, because I was able to construct 2D drawings with ease as the tools were very easy to find. I also extruded my drawings and was able to switch between different views; plan, isometric,etc.

One thing I noticed was that many commands have to be accessed through drop down menus which can elongate the creation process if one does not know keyboard shortcuts, however for each command used, the software always informed me what the shortcut was.

I also watched YouTube tutorials to help me understand the software a bit better and I was able to guide myself through simple tasks following it.

Vector works is a good alternative for AutoCAD and can help produce 2-D and 3-D drawings of plans, furniture, etc. It also offers lighting and rendering features which are extremely handy to produce visuals. I would still continue to use AutoCAD because I already know the ropes of it but I am sure, with a little bit of training and practice, vector works would be a great asset to my skill set.

Image Reference: VectorWorks, (2016), VectorWorks Logo [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.vectorworks.net/2016/press [Accessed 2 March 2017].