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The Golden Mean

July 8, 2014

The Golden Mean (also called The Golden Ratio, Phi, and The Divine Proportion) is a simple ratio (1 to 1.618) that is considered aesthetically beautiful. The Golden Mean has been used in art and architecture for thousands of years, since the Greeks. The Golden Mean frequently turns up in nature and in the human body; particularly […]

2014 | Design Basics, Television, Theatre | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)

$10,000 Vectorworks Design Scholarship

May 7, 2014

Nemetschek Vectorworks announced the Vectorworks Design Scholarship – a chance for students across all disciplines to win up to $10,000 by answering a few short questions and submitting their best design, created in any software program. The entry deadline is July 30, 2014. “Students represent the next generation of creative potential, so we launched this program […]

2014 | Design Basics, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)

A Vectorworks Valentine

February 7, 2014

Here’s a simple 3D heart to help to sharpen your Vectorworks skills and create a little something for your Valentine. Bonus – NURBS are such sexy little devils ;)) This is a repost from February 2013. Kevin used Vectorworks 2013 to model this 3D heart. This is a Quickie for Valentine’s Day. A simple 3D […]

2014 | Art for Art's Sake, Events, Teaching, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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StageWrite an app for everyone on Broadway and beyond

December 27, 2013

Broadway director and choreographer Jeff Whiting, created the StageWrite app for directors, choreographers, and stage managers to document the movement of actors, and scenery. This is a time honored tradition that used to require reams of paper. This app can also be useful to set and lighting designers, we need to know where the actors are […]

2013 | The Studio, Theatre | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Holiday Gift Guide: Martin’s 3D printing Throwback

December 16, 2013

Welcome Martin to the KLAD blog!   By Martin Fahrer Award winning Art Director and Production Designer for films and TV.  Most of Martin’s career has been in Daytime television working on All My Children and One life to live simultaneously for over a decade. Currently a freelance Art Director his most recent project was […]

2013 | Art for Art's Sake, Events, Guest Blogger, Holiday Gift Guide | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)

Referencing Vectorworks files for collaboration.

June 5, 2013

Justin Lange, editor at Projection Lights and Staging News invited Kevin to blog at Pro Lighting Space, Justin’s go to site for professional lighting designers, and lighting technicians. Thanks to Justin, and Pro Lighting Space, I am cross posting Kevin’s blog entries here.   Referencing Vectorworks files for collaboration. Referencing is a great way for a team […]

2013 | Architecture, Design Basics, Teaching, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Layers, I do like me some Vectorworks Layers

May 30, 2013

Justin Lange, editor at Projection Lights and Staging News invited Kevin to blog at Pro Lighting Space, Justin’s go to site for professional lighting designers, and lighting technicians. Thanks to Justin, and Pro Lighting Space, I am cross posting Kevin’s blog entries here.   Layers, I do like me some Vectorworks Layers Layers are like sheets of […]

2013 | Architecture, Design Basics, Teaching, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Your World, Reimagined, a Design Competition Using Vectorworks

May 28, 2013

Justin Lange, editor at Projection Lights and Staging News invited Kevin to blog at Pro Lighting Space, Justin’s go to site for professional lighting designers, and lighting technicians. Thanks to Justin, and Pro Lighting Space, I am cross posting Kevin’s blog entries here.   Your World, Reimagined, a design competition using Vectorworks   One of the things […]

2013 | Architecture, Design Basics, Events, Teaching, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

What’s inside a Spotlight Lighting Device-Part 1

May 24, 2013

Justin Lange, editor at Projection Lights and Staging News invited Kevin to blog at Pro Lighting Space, Justin’s go to site for professional lighting designers, and lighting technicians. Thanks to Justin, and Pro Lighting Space, I am cross posting Kevin’s blog entries here. What’s inside a Spotlight Lighting Device-Part 1 Well, a lot really, but here’s one […]

2013 | Design Basics, Teaching, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Putting the pieces together

April 12, 2013

Justin Lange, editor at Projection Lights and Staging News invited Kevin to blog at Pro Lighting Space, Justin’s go to site for professional lighting designers, and lighting technicians. Thanks to Justin, and Pro Lighting Space, I am cross posting Kevin’s blog entries here. Putting the pieces together Over the past few weeks, I’ve mentioned, in the […]

2013 | Architecture, Design Basics, Teaching, Theatre, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Vectorworks Spotlight Lighting Device Preferences

April 1, 2013

Justin Lange, editor at Projection Lights and Staging News invited Kevin to blog at Pro Lighting Space, Justin’s go to site for professional lighting designers, and lighting technicians. Thanks to Justin, and Pro Lighting Space, I am cross posting Kevin’s blog entries here. Vectorworks Spotlight Lighting Device Preferences So you have a Rep Plot and […]

2013 | Architecture, Teaching, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

A Great Way to Learn Vectorworks

March 28, 2013

A Great Way to Learn Vectorworks This is shameless self promotion, but I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t think it would help people. Last Week, Nemetschek Vectorworks announced the publication of the second edition of my book:Entertainment Design; Scenic, Lighting and Sound, with Vectorworks Spotlight 2013. Second Edition. This volume is about 40 pages longer than […]

2013 | Architecture, Design Basics, Teaching, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Holiday Gift Guide for Vectorworks Users

December 18, 2012

Peter Neufeld is a stage lighting designer based in Sydney and a bit of a Vectorworks person. His website says a bit more about him: http://www.limelight.cc           The phrase “Computer Aided Design” has such a ring to it doesn’t it?!  In fact, one can happily bandy the acronym “CAD” around to […]

2012 | Guest Blogger, Holiday Gift Guide | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
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Holiday Gift Guide for Lighting Designers-1

November 20, 2012

Stage Lighting Super Saturday is just around the corner. There is an early bird registration price, perfect for the Lighting Designers in your life holiday gifts. I’ll be speaking about Vectorworks, Ken Billington is Keynoting and Richard Pilbrow will be sharing his secrets. There is a full day of speakers and hands on experience with […]

2012 | Architecture, The Studio, The Work, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
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We’ve been too busy working with Vectorworks 2013 to write about Vectorworks 2013

November 12, 2012

It’s always exciting around here when Nemetschek Vectorworks announces a new release of our favorite set design and lighting design software. Of course, we’ve been beta testing that software and working with all of the great new features since May, but we can’t talk about the new tools until the software is announced. Well, now […]

2012 | Television, The Studio, The Work, Theatre, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Pre-Visulization is Key. Vectorworks and Cinema 4D announce 2nd annual Rendering Competition

April 20, 2012

It has always been critical communication and story telling for set and lighting designers to communicate there ideas visually to directors, producers and other collaborators. When this communication was done fully or primarily in traditional media; sketches and physical models, that need was still critical. Now, we have new, and constantly evolving computer based tools […]

2012 | Teaching, Television, The Studio, The Work, Theatre, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Creating Textures for a Vectorworks Easter Egg

March 23, 2012

This is the third of three posts describing creating a scene and lighting design for an Easter Egg using Vectorworks. I guess it’s more a prop design, but it’s just an excuse to have some fun and maybe learn a few things along the way. This is also a great illustration of how easy it […]

2012 | The Studio, The Work, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Lighting Design for a Vectorworks Easter Egg

March 21, 2012

This is the second installment of a lesson in scenic design and lighting design around creating, modeling, and rendering an Easter Egg using Vectorworks. If you are playing along at home, you need the first post in order to do this lesson. First, I have deleted the guides and selected the Egg object. I then […]

2012 | The Studio, The Work, Theatre, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Book Review: “Enchantment” by Guy Kawasaki

March 15, 2011

Guy Kawasaki is a fascinating figure in 21st Century contemporary popular culture. His new book Enchantment only adds to his mystique. The author first appeared on my radar when he was the chief evangelist for the original Apple Macintosh computers. Kawasaki opens his latest book describing how he first became enchanted with the original, pre-release […]

2011 | Book Review | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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Clocks, we love clocks.

December 9, 2010

Of course, one of the reasons we love clocks is the importance of time and deadlines in our lives and careers. This is some beautiful sculpture, but also a whole new paradigm for telling time. A new paradigm that would take some adjustment and learning. The Manifold Clock, by designers Shay Carmon and Ben Klinger […]

2010 | Industrial Design | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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The beauty (and importance) of Typography

April 29, 2010

Set Design is an assemblage of many different talents and skills. One of those required is the use of typography and calligraphy. Hats off to set and lighting designer Cris Dopher for calling attention to this blog post about type designer and calligrapher Richard Lipton. I had not heard of the publicity shy Richard Lipton, […]

2010 | Television, The Work, Theatre | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Wow! Drawing on the iPad!

April 3, 2010

This could change the way site surveys and meeting are conducted! We’re used to passing pads around at meetings so thoughts can be expressed. Then someone takes the notes away to digitize and distribute. Well, if this experimental drawing package Freeform from Ember becomes an actual App, then the world will have been suitably changed. […]

2010 | The Work, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , Comments (2)

A few good Vectorworks Downloads

February 28, 2010

For a long time we have had a section on the main site for downloads. The intent has always been to post some of our standard Vectorworks files like Default Stationery and Default Textures. Never got around to that. Until today. Nothing is ever perfect, especially files that need to continually evolve. So we hope […]

2010 | Teaching, The Work, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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20 Years of Photoshopping

February 19, 2010

I haven’t been using Photoshop for 20 years, but close. My first version was 2.0. My friend Chris Klug suggested that Photosop and (then) Fractal Design Painter (now Corel Painter) would change the way I make art. He was right, as usual. Undo with an airbrush is an unbelievable technical advance. Of course, that does […]

2010 | The Studio, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (3)

36 Basic Vectorworks Classes

February 11, 2010

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post about Vectorworks Layers. Now as then, I’ll put most of the nitty gritty after a break. If you’re interested in Vectorworks and speak the lingo, click through. If not, scroll down, there are (we like to think) lots of other interesting things to read and comment on, especially […]

2010 | Television, Theatre, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (1)

8 Basic Vectorworks Layers

February 10, 2010

This post is based on a currently ongoing discussion on the Vectorworks Theatre Discussion e-Mailing List. I’m going to put most everything ‘below the fold’ here as if you’re not a Vectorworks user, the rest of the post might as well be written in an Alien language. Tweet

2010 | Teaching, Television, Theatre, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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VectorNetWorking and everyday networking

December 9, 2009

Last night was the first meeting of the New Jersey Vectorworks Users group at the offices of Andrew Fethes Architects in Oradell, NJ (of course?!?!), a small NYC-like outpost in suburbia. Andrew and his associate Lisa Collins offered a great space and all the amenities for our gathering. One constant theme of the evening was […]

2009 | Architecture, Teaching, Theatre, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (2)
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Fountain Pen Hospital Holiday Expo

November 19, 2009

More than a sale, this is an educational opportunity. We always try to go, but we are also sure to go as early in the day as possible. It will be crowded, but it will be the least crowded. Our tools are very important to us. We always try to use the best tools possible […]

2009 | The Work | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)

Vectorworks 2010 – WooHoo!

September 11, 2009

Ok, I’m a nerd, and always excited about new software, especially if I’ve been playing with the new toys, ah, ahem, testing the software for many months. I am especially looking forward to discussing/illustrating; Unified 3D views Decal Textures and improved texture mapping Blur Reflectivity Shaders for more realistic rendering Dimension Constraint Management Planar Graphics […]

2009 | Teaching, Television, The Work, Theatre, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (4)
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Book Review – “3D Modeling in Vectorworks 2009″

August 24, 2009

This week, I had the pleasure of reviewing Jonathan Pickup’s new volume “3D Modeling in Vectorworks 2009.” Jonathan, of Archoncad in New Zealand, is a world renown Vectorworks trainer and Guru. As a design practitioner and as a teacher, I work in the Building Information Model (BIM) format. That is to say that rather than […]

2009 | Architecture, Teaching, Theatre, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Another Project, Another Visit(s) to the shop…

June 22, 2009

We’re doing a project for a major pharmaceutical. They must go un-named, it is part of the contract. Limited budget, always shocking and a limited studio crew. Certainly no props or carpenters (actually a great crew, but we did not learn that until the load-in). No storage space, BUT they wanted a television news studio […]

2009 | The Work, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (2)
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