Category Archives: Artists

Digital vs. Analog Design – Støckel quests the limits of Representation

It’s difficult to teach young architects how to make objects (and surrounding spaces) relate to one-another in an intentional way. Intentionality requires the mastery of abstract concepts like order, harmony, contrast, proportion, scale and repetition.. not to mention enviable craft … Continue reading

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FoldSchool – Corrugated Kid-Craft

It’s August and everyone is (or wants to be) on vacation, including yours truly. So how about kicking it fold’school? Here’s a post that’s easy to read, and gives you a lot of ideas for fun-times with the kids this … Continue reading

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‘One Piece At A Time’

by Fred Abler Finally, paper craft is getting some respect. Tomorrow July 15th, a ‘major’ work of art will open at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield Connecticut. 3D Artist Jonathan Brand’s life-scale paper replica of a 69’ Ford Mustang will … Continue reading

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colAR – Kiwi Tech transforms coloring pages into AR

At FormFonts 3D we take coloring pages seriously. So today, I’d like to introduce you to colAR, a new software from New Zealand that turns a colored-in coloring page… into a 3D animated scene.  A few years ago, Marc discovered … Continue reading

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More from Google: 3D Warehouse Changes

by Alex Schreyer On the heels of the announcement that SketchUp has been sold to Trimble comes another announcement from Google, this time related to Google Earth. As described in various press releases and posts, Google will – among other changes … Continue reading

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How2™ Create a New Materials Library in SketchUp

by Fred Abler The secret of making great SketchUp models and components, in general, is twofold. It relies upon the essential and complementary skills of architecture-and-artistry. Component ‘architecture’ is the skilled use of minimal geometry to achieve a maximal representation. … Continue reading

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Going Places.. with Master Modeler Gabriel Concha

by Fred Abler A few years ago, FormFonts was working with Stratasys to help proof their 3D printing division for Architects (RedEye ARC). I asked Gabriel Concha if there was one or two of his 3D models he might like … Continue reading

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Brilliant Lighting Design – Delta V Series Pendants

by Fred Abler For functional beauty, it’s hard to beat lighting. The function is brilliantly clear, and the beauty.. well it’s hard to make something that glows ugly. Consequently there is a lot of good lighting, but truly brilliant lighting … Continue reading

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DiWIRE – 3D Wireforms..from your SketchUp files

by Fred Abler I’ve always loved Alexander Calder. He was shabby, irascible, and brilliant in almost any media. The prolific American artist expressed himself effortlessly in sheet metal, wire, plywood, string, free-carving, and paint. And quite often, a combination of … Continue reading

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