Dear Design Distill friends and collaborators, last week was an eventful one for us, including several projects finished, several new ones started, and an infiltrator into our email system. Thanks to some quick thinking and evasive action taken by Jay, our tech guru, we limited the scope and duration of this even, and sent them hacking, er packing!
Despite our best efforts, some of you may have received a message-less email with an attachment which either: 1) you did not open, 2) could not open, 3) tried repeatedly and think you could not open, or 4) created a log-in with your email password. If you fall into the latter of these two choices, there is a good chance your password has been exposed. Change passwords immediately, and avoid a single password for multiple login-in sites !
Design Distill seeks talented visualization designers to work in our Cambridge studio... We offer competitive benefits, generous vacation time, bonuses, and many opportunities for advancement. Please apply only if you have US citizenship or current work visa and can work in our studio in Cambridge.
- Experience with visualization (either in visualization studio or as in-house renderer for design firm)
- Bachelor and/or Master in architecture or landscape architecture Legally able to work in our US-based studio, in-house.
- Mastery of Photoshop (…blending layers, smart objects, good layer and mask management)
- Proficiency in Sketchup and familiarity with basic plug-ins
- Familiarity with VRay
- Strong sense of space and depth
- Lumion Adobe Premiere and/or After Effects
- Knowledge of Autodesk products
- Experience with immersive 360 platforms
- Training or experience in urban design and/or branding
To apply, send cv and portfolio, or a link, to your best viz work. Please limit examples to no more than 15 of your best renderings. email@example.com. No phone calls please.
High-five to CBT for designing a better urban experience at Boston’s Center Plaza. CBT’s redevelopment proposals for Center Plaza have been covered by good press in the Boston Globe , and we hope it will overflow across the street into a Government Center Plaza.
Images for this coastal Shellfish-friendly project were used to procure funding and promote the project as a transdisciplinary platform where the arts meet the sciences. In addition to their ecological virtues, this collection of geometries would become waterfront destination pieces. Several formats would be proposed: concrete discs on a center spine, plated geodesic half-domes, and structural geodesic spheres. Perforations and patterning would lighten the components and provide additional surfaces for hosting crustaceans.
Congratulations to our friends at TEN Arquitectos on finishing construction and fit-out of 321 Ocean Drive!
TEN Arquitectos is rocking the commissions in Miami, and several years ago we helped the project pass the South Beach Historical Commission requirements. Composed of 22 opulent condos with direct ocean front access via this (formerly) last parcel of undeveloped property, “Curbed Miami” reports a sales price of $20M for the penthouse.
Design Distill is continually looking for ways to stay connected with the architectural community, and one of the ways that we achieve this is through teaching. Alex spent several weekends last year traveling around the country to different universities where he gave lectures and put on workshops. The workshops discuss architecture visualization techniques and workflows used by Design Distill on a daily basis. This past year, Alex traveled to Tulane University, Oklahoma State University, Miami University, and Kent State University. While this engagement involves a lot of teaching, it also allows our studio to keep its hand on the pulse of the latest ideas and technologies.
Andrew just returned from a month long stay in Paris where he lead a group of students in a Rhode Island School of Design urban landscape studio. The coursed offered an opportunity for students to vicariously assume the role of patron and critic usually allotted to Parisians. The four-week long course compressed the content of a semester-long studio into a format of daily meetings. The studio examined the origins of design and policy in Paris which ensured lasting influences on artistic achievement in ages past, present and future.
Students utilized a variety of media processes including but not limited to sketchbooks, photo-documentation, and both digital and analogue diagrams, to study the spatial and temporal patterns of Paris. In the crosshairs of research: policy-driven initiatives for artistic creation and urban infrastructural redevelopment (past and present).
As their understanding of the city deepened, students began to develop culturally-oriented proposals for the repurposing of a piece of urban infrastructure: la Petite Ceinture. A half-mile long portion of this derelict train corridor that once encircled the city became the host site for students’ proposed public projects, ephemeral event programming, anthropological incarnations, artistic experiments, landscape spaces, etc.
We are gearing up for an exciting summer. The studio is growing and so is our space along with new floors, new paint, new workstations. The only thing left is some new artwork!
Hartness Vision has evolved into Design Distill.
This new title embodies our constant pursuit to, well, "distill" ideas into images... for architecture, landscape, and urban designs.
At one key point in this naming process we chose to remove the comma between the title words (so as not to imply something else) and remain on task. That may change over time, but for the moment our collaborations are exciting. We are taking over additional space in the same address
Alex Hogrefe, artist extraordinaire, has become partner of Design Distill LLC. Alex continues expanding his blog http://visualizingarchitecture.com/
Jay Hoelle joined our ranks a few months ago, and has made us more streamlined and efficient. He has picked up our coffee-drinking habit very well, so we can tell big things are in store.
Alex Hogrefe has joined our viz family as Associate. He is the talented creator of alexhogrefe.com and an accomplished designer. He brought a new coffee maker to sustain our caffeine habit...words cannot express our appreciation.
Carolina Lubatti brings years of visualization talent with her - and hopefully will teach us some bad words in Argentenian Spanish. When we run out of coffee, Caro keeps a stash of mate handy. Like!
Illustrations created for Nelson Byrd Woltz for the Memorial Park Proposal were published on the Houston Cronicle website recently. We are excited to see the design by NBW getting such great press! Check out the link here: http://www.chron.com/life/article/Memorial-Park-proposal-bridges-history-and-ecology-5763029.php
Washington DC is expanding its metro. HV Visualization for The Blairs TOD has been covered by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and now in Times Square.
Hartness Vision images help SWA Group win international competition in Xiamen, China. We would live here!
Hybrid Drawing course with Architecture and Landscape students. Some fantastic work