Using the Computer as a Design Tool

The computer can create shapes and forms that the unaided hand cannot fashion.  The computer can tirelessly sculpt hundreds of exact details in the surface of a product and, at the same time, blend complex profiles into a strand of gummy licorice the likes of which have never been able to be nimbly detailed or imagined in a clay or plaster master form.

Abstract forms that painters could so elegantly paint with a brush are now available in 3D shapes that artistic designers can create with their keyboards.

The shapes that could not have previously been conceived can now be rapid prototyped in various materials with ease. From these prototypes, mass production of decorative lighting components is possible. From these shapes a new language of decorative products can be created.

The two lamps I’ve posted were designed at Blackman Design Associates. I chose these deliberately show off the design capability of our CAD programs. Many new decorative trends have been started with new tools and new technologies. CAD programs are just now maturing and are available to all. We are experimenting and learning the new capabilities of this tool. I find it amazing everyday when we find all the new designs it can create. I look forward to each new design path it opens up for us to follow.

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One response to “Using the Computer as a Design Tool

  1. Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I’ve read stuff from.
    Thank you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this site.

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