We have so many different portals and information about basics of Interior Designing. I could learn so much about this field just by searching for specifics online. But there is one thing I couldn’t get my hands on, neither in any of the design books nor through online sources. Its is a very important part of designing though. The essential tools that are required for the process of Interior design. Like what kind of machine do I look for to get all my basic software’s working, what other tools do I carry on site to make the process more easy and less time consuming. So I’ll mention a few pointers below to help you understand this better.
THE RIGHT MACHINE
When you go out in the market, there are many computers and laptops available today. It can get confusing and seem like a never ending choice that just does not fit in your budget. There are core’s and speeds that all seem like jebrish to us. Then the confusion about graphics card. To be or not to be.. Which is the right one, is it essential to get Nvidia graphics card that can increase the cost of the machine that might lead to missing out on some other specifications. To get things very straight it all depends on the software you use.
Whether to get a MacBook/IMac or a Windows machine will all depend on what Autodesk software’s are the most essential to you. If you use 3Ds Max or Maya or Revit, a MacBook might not support those software’s since they are yet not available for Mac. If you only use AutoCAD, and do your 3D’s through some other platform like Google Sketch Up, then a Mac would really help you with the speed and quality or performance. Now that you know which Operating system to go for, lets look ahead. What more to look for in a machine.
The rendering of your 3D designs is basically done by the processor and the RAM of your machine. That is the CPU. It has very little to do with the graphics card or GPU of your computer or laptop. So even if you don’t have the latest Nvidia graphics card or have to make do with an AMD card, your software is going to run just fine as Interior Design renders in mental ray and Vray hardly use your graphics card. Instead save on that money and get the latest i5 or i7 processor with a high RAM memory upto 8GB or 16GB.
One thing no one talks about is the DISPLAY of your computer. Nowadays a lot of display technologies are out in the market. From IPS or TN LED’s. Anti glare to Truelife or backlit displays. Full HD or HD. Always keep in mind one thing, do not go for an anti glare or matte display if you want to view your images as true to life and natural as possible. Matte displays cut down on the light reflection on them that is from the outside and also from behind the screen. So the images you see will look very washed out, dull and will not pop out or be as vibrant as on a glossy display. And this can have an impact on your presentations as they won’t look as eye catching as they would otherwise on a glossy screen. And also Matte displays have an unusual grainy effect in light colours and specially in whites. Rest the best display would be an IPS, but even if you go for a TN its fine. HD or Full HD depends on your budget and won’t really have that big an impact on the quality of pictures you see on it.
Previously there was a lot of emphasis on assembled computers for Interior Design because Graphics rendering could get very tiresome and take extremely long with lower specs available on a laptop. Now that has changed. If you can’t afford desktop plus portable laptop or don’t have space for a desktop its fine. Just a laptop with good specifications would suffice. We can go up to 32GB of RAM in laptops today and have all kinds of latest technologies available in them. They can be modified as well these days. So a good laptop is just fine for all your rendering and editing purposes.
ON SITE TOOLS TO CARRY
Measuring tape – Always have a measuring tape handy you never know when the client wants to get into the details of the design.
A good Compass – Nowadays people are very concerned about directions in design. Vastu and Feng Shui have become very important aspects of design. Carry a Compass when in to the planning stages. Once the design is ready, it won’t be as necessary.
Visiting card – Though its not exactly a tool, but it definitely helps to have one handy. On site many times there are friends or relatives of the client visiting, always helps to increase business.
Paint shade card/palette – Purchase and keep a colour palette with you in your office. Don’t need to carry it to site at all times but having one handy really helps when co-ordinating the design.
Notepad and marker or sketching pens – Always have a Notepad ready to note down any pointers or specifics a client mentions. It even helps to list down the materials required to proceed with the design.
A tablet or portable device – These days you get many small tablets that are easy to carry and help in presentation on the go. So if you can afford to get an iPad or Microsoft Surface, it will really help you with things.
These were a few things that most designers generally don’t discuss and you won’t learn in any design school that will really help you on site. So grab your bag and get to work. Happy Designing.. 🙂