I started working in the printing industry in the early 1970’s just as computers were starting to disrupt the typesetting work flow. At that time people with a lot of experience were telling me that computers would never replace typesetting skills that had been in existence for hundreds of years. After a five year apprenticeship I put away my typesetting equipment never to use or see it again. Desk top publishing had arrived and I would have been unemployable had I not had the luck to meet a few switched on design lecturers at the London College of Printing, who would show me the importance of looking at design properly and the need for change.
I have been using well known cad systems for the last 25-30 years. This new iPad based software isn’t as developed as the desk top equipment, and no it can’t map textures which will bring the picture to life yet. It’s easy to say it can’t do this or that, and I agree, but it will happen.
Now all these years later my wife and I run our own business designing and installing domestic gardens. I handle the design and hard landscaping and my wife designs planting schemes and covers maintenance. We have never been busier even though we have not advertised our business for over 7 years. All of our work comes from recommendations from existing clients.
Today I took my iPad and pencil to a meeting with a new client and we discussed their requirements. I surveyed the area and sketched the garden in plan view. With the client looking over my shoulder I pulled the fences up as if by magic, then with 2 fingers on the screen moved this very simple drawing of the garden around to view it from different angles. Immediately the client was engaged. They wanted to see what the garden would look like if we moved the spa pool over here? Could the bbq go there? They were in buying mode instantly. I emailed them a few screen shots via their own WiFi, and I have the all the information I need to produce an estimate. Happy days!
As a teenager I was working in a dark dismal printing office wishing that I could be outside. 30 years ago I didn’t want to be tied to a desk top computer trying to remember what that important dimension was that I hadn’t written down properly during the survey. Last year I would work late into the evening to produce drawings to present to the client.
Today I was outside. The dimension I needed was right in front of me. The client was thrilled to see what the garden would look like and felt part of the project, and I am not working this evening instead I am using exactly the same software to design and produce 3D printed toys for my grandchildren. That for me is real progress.
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