A good and, above all, effective visualization is one that takes into account the needs of the client but is attractive to the recipient. This is where the whole process begins. A process in which both parties are involved and which, by definition, requires time.
Every acquaintance begins with a meeting, which in fact determines the success of potential cooperation. It allows us to avoid any unexpected situations at a later stage, and what is the most difficult in my profession, allows me to remain objective. As a rule, we do not want to impose anything on anyone. We need to know what concerns and expectations our customer has, and what benefits our product is supposed to give him. It is also important to know about the customer’s previous experience, which is valuable information on what to pay attention to in order to make them feel comfortable. Comfort and a sense of security are also important for us, because they have a significant impact on our work and its effects.
The basis of my work is sincerity. From the very beginning, I will ask questions so as to catch potential difficulties we may encounter, but also opportunities to do something extraordinary. If something is a risky idea from the very beginning and it may affect the quality of our work, I will communicate it right away. The moment we decide to work together, it’s like we’re playing on the same team. We want you to be happy with the visuals and want to be proud of them as much as we do. To achieve this, we need to work together to create a visualization that will evoke a specific response from the viewer.
It will attract the viewer’s gaze, making him or her pause.
It has a clear message and the recipient instinctively understands what we want to show. Preferably a value that is important to him/her.
It is easy to memorize, in other words simple. By limiting the number of elements in the picture we can not only control the recipient’s perception, but also make it easier for him to recreate the image in his head.
Each of these points is equally important and has a significant impact on the quality, or as I prefer to call it, the effectiveness of the visualization. Projects need to be thoroughly understood. The first issue is to determine what type of project we are dealing with. Is it a competition visual or a marketing one and what key values of the project are to be visible? We also identify who the target audience of the visualization is, which at a later stage makes it easier to determine the frames, atmosphere and narrative for each image.
It must take place before we start working on the images. During this meeting, we discuss the project agenda, give potential remarks on the model and analyze all the visuals one by one. At this stage, we always ask the same question:
Name one main idea or value that you want to show in this image?
It is impossible to make a good visualization without knowing the answer to the above question. If the client can’t answer it, how can I know what to visualize? This vital information accompanies us later until the end of the project.
During this meeting we also look at the references for the project, which we divide into four categories:
- References for the lighting and color scheme of each visualization.
- References for the materials used in the project.
- References for the greenery.
- References for furniture and other elements you wish to display.
We are able to produce a 3D model of the building on request. This issue must be raised at the inquiry stage. In most cases, however, it is the client who is responsible for making the model and delivering it on time. The client is expected to send the 3D model of the building no later than on the day the project starts. We encourage you to send a working model beforehand to verify its accuracy. This is important mainly because of the texturing. The use of certain materials in the project needs to be taken into account at the modeling stage.
We know how important time is for designers and that is why in our process we always consider the possibility of a one-time model update. Its deadline is included in the project agenda.
The standard production time for visualizations is two weeks and can be extended or shortened depending on the project. During that time we will meet three times for 30-60 minute videoconferences, discussing the consecutive phases of creating images.
The first revision is where we present the initial sketch of the visualization. We present views both those originally agreed with the client as well as those that we think have potential. We look at different lighting scenarios, paying attention to how the materials used in the project look.
At this stage all the building materials are finalized. The greenery and other elements of the scene such as furniture, cars and 3D people also appear in the visualization.
During the last meeting final visualization is presented. Image is already after pre-processing and adding elements in Photoshop. We discuss the color scheme of the image, the placement of people, and adding optional details.
Rendered views are provided at 5000 x 3500 pixels (300 dpi at A3) in JPG format.
Thank you for reading this article. If you think of any questions or have any doubts I invite you to contact me directly. I will be happy to meet you on video so I can tell you more.