How architecture design tools are helping developers write better software
Architecture companies are being flooded with a flood of new software developers every day, and it’s getting harder and harder to find the right design tools for them.
The trend is being driven by the rise of mobile, which has enabled developers to access the full potential of the mobile web, but it also means the need for designers to be able to make the best decisions on a given project.
In a time when software developers need to make decisions faster than ever before, it can be tempting to give up the best tools for creating a product that’s both scalable and beautiful.
There’s been some progress in this direction, however.
As developers and designers get more comfortable using different design tools, we’re seeing more companies start using them.
A new tool called Sketchup is making the leap from the prototype stage to the production stage.
While Sketchup was originally designed to be used to create 3D models of houses, its creators have used it to design large buildings, including the iconic “Rugby fields” at the National Football Stadium in Canberra.
“We had a lot of fun working with [former Canberra architect] Brian Williams,” says David Kowalski, chief executive of the Architecture and Design Software Association.
“I think that if you have someone who has been building large buildings for decades, who knows how to build the next thing, then you know they are the person to get involved in the architecture world.”
“But it’s a bit of a mixed bag because they are good at building large-scale buildings but they also are not really good at making small projects, so the quality of the finished product is poor.”
To find the best tool for a given problem, it’s important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each tool.
The most important aspect of a design tool is that it’s designed to solve a specific problem, not just create a beautiful interface.
For example, if you need to create a large, fully-featured website for your business, you might want a website that can handle the entire site and all the content.
The tool will allow you to design the page, but the design should look good.
A small website, however, will have a smaller audience, so you’ll need a bigger website with a lot more content.
This is the ideal scenario for Sketchup.
The design tools used to build Sketchup are designed to work well with Sketchup, so it’s possible to build websites that can work with SketchUp, and still produce high-quality, scalable and visually appealing web content.
In addition, the tools allow designers to make changes to Sketchup to make it more efficient and responsive.
For instance, if Sketchup does not support CSS3 animations, you can change its behaviour and render the pages in a different way, making them less “janky”.
“We know that many of the designers and developers are looking for a quick and easy way to start building websites,” says Kowalksi.
“There are lots of great designs out there, but not all of them are suitable for small sites.”
Sketchup has a large team of designers and engineers, but Kowalingki says that only around 20 per cent of the work on the tool is done by them.
“A lot of the people that are in charge of the design work are working at Google, so we can’t do a lot to help them,” he says.
“But a lot are looking at this and say, ‘I think this would be great if I could get it to do more for me’.
They have a really clear vision and want to help others get the best out of the tool.”
Building a good website with Sketchups architecture design tool