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Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 11:58:35 AM | Your opinion on an upcoming architecture website

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Hello,We've been working on a new website with community/gallery functions aimed at architects,students and archviz experts and the website has recently reached the development phase.Based on our research the average age of people browsing architecture related websites are male between 20-30 years old.This being said the focusing on a specific art direction is hard since this is the age that people start to build a career and focus on having a serious & professional presence while the creative/artistic type tend to remain "young" .I would greatly appreciate taking some of time to answer a few questions since these questions will have a serious impact on the upcoming website: 1.Which design/art direction do you prefer most?A.business/corporate/serious examples:http://www.archdaily.com/ http://www.cgarchitect.com http://evermotion.orghttp://revitcity.com

B.colorful/artistic/vector/themed examples:http://carbonmade.com/ 

http://interactiveblend.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/forrst.jpg

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-ill...php?st=e8c7570

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-illustration-12869540-rustic-forest-home.php?st=cdaa8b7

2.what critical features are missing from other architecture websites and you would or wouldn't like to see at an architectural website?for example: portfolio area divided into sections for renderings,plans,elevations or ability to upload your brands logo,etc3.are there any specific features based on your profession that you would like to see?example:architects work with a lot of building files so a portfolio where projects are divided into sections like for project A if i want to choose to see that plans i click a button and i see the buildings plans not renderings,sections,etc4.would you upload your project plans on a website?since some people are afraid of them getting stoled/copied.5.could you please provide your age?Thank you for your time!


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Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 11:44:16 AM | Your opinion on an upcoming architecture website

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While your description of the site remains a tad nebulous, I'll take a stab at this.

 

I think this idea would benefit from careful selection of what gets put onto the website.  If every Joe-Schmoe can puke his first Revit project onto this site, it will quickly get bogged down and become less than uninteresting.  The selection criteria should be well-outlined, professionally administered, and a new project should be showcased every few days or so, so there isn't an endless stream of projects.  This would attract better talent and make it more exciting to submit projects and would therefore elicit more material from people who would otherwise shy away from throwing their work into the netherrealms of cyberspace.

 

My 2 cents. 


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Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 12:03:35 PM | Your opinion on an upcoming architecture website

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Thank you for your opinion and being the first to reply.We've already taken this under consideration so it's nice to see that the actual community wants something like this and hopefully we will deliver this.

Also could you please comment if for an online social gallery website would you prefer:

  • a illustrative look like https://dl.dropbox.com/s/0de6b1x2c8y4em0/design.jpg  -> with colorful graphics,illustrative buildings,etc -> creative
  • or a serious/corporate look like http://archdaily.com http://cgarchitect.com etc -> neutral colors,no illustrations -> corporate

Also more comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!


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Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 1:10:36 PM | Your opinion on an upcoming architecture website

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The first link you provided didn't work for me, but I would shoot for more vogue/design-oriented than archdaily, which looks like the NYtimes.  It should be super simple, mostly pictures, and easily identifiable graphics.  It will be tempting to bog it down with text, but nobody needs more text to read on the internet every day.  It should basically look like a concise well-organized portfolio for each project that is formatted by you all to fit a standard.

 

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Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 9:56:50 PM | Your opinion on an upcoming architecture website

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Thank you for replying,

1.I've looked over the vogue.com website to get a feel of what you were referring to and the problem with these kind of layouts is that when you have lets say 100 projects posted daily by different members having lets say 10 images/page it would result in a lot of clicking like clicking on the next page and thus losing precious time which as an architect I think its of the essence,but again we will test this in the closed beta to see how people will react to it and we will see.

What we were going for was a layout similar to http://www.behance.net/ so you could actually see more projects at once,without having to scroll as much.Also since the description is a little fuzzy, this website mentioned on the previous row is somehow similar to the idea of our project but consider it as a really,really light version.

Since the previous link didn't work for you,here are some refferences to the design/look i was referring to:

- http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-illustration-15796117-architecture.php?st=9fa61dc

- http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-illustration-3067567-residential-district-neighbour-with-houses-on-street.php?st=a0c2f93

- http://carbonmade.com/

- http://vimeo.com

2.Basically would you visit a website with a somehow similar illustrative look as the ones above?

3.To get this ball rolling further,what are some issues that architects face when working on projects? Here are some examples of what I mean:

- lack of sleep due to inefficient collaboration or deadlines 

- hours spent browsing/googling for inspiration without finding projects related to what they need

- the harsh impact of being a fresh/jr. architects that just finished college since the help/guidance of the teachers are now gone

- the exposure of new talents is really limited

- ....

Also It would be nice to hear from other members as well,since it will help us deliver an amazing product for the architectural community,so feel free to jump in.

Thank you !


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Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 4:58:01 AM | Your opinion on an upcoming architecture website

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i don't think this recent effort to combine conceptual design tools with BIM tools will amount to anything more than a hill of beans.. for the whole first nine years of revit they never bothered with such an idea.. what talented sketch artist/building designer wants to deal with construction documents?- the thing revit is really all about.. it's true a lot of artists are messing around with revit- but are they actually paying $5000 to do it? and is any of that art they are creating with revit something they know how to build? i think a lot of revit operators just don't know how to convert a .skp or a .dwg concept sketch into a BIM model- and they are always trying to put walls on those lines- what a mess that makes.. i once told one person who was actually an architect that they need to keep those sketch lines completely out of their revit project and printscreen and measure them in their own program or a separate session of revit and build it from scratch that way- they started throwing rocks and bottles at me.. lol


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