form·Z Student Competition

3rd Prize - Katie Eastman
Project Description

At Ohio University, form·Z was the main 3D modeling and rendering software used by the Interior Architecture program. After spending a semester focusing on hand drafting, physical model creation, and AutoCad, we were introduced to form·Z and taught how to use it through an extensive assignment. This project was created in order for students to teach themselves form·Z through the process of creating simple shapes that led to complex environments. It also prompted students to think “out-of-the-box” and develop creative solutions through a unique design process.

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For this assignment, I had to select and deconstruct an object mechanical in nature. After choosing a Polaroid Camera, I meticulously disassembled the complex object piece by piece and photographed each part. The next step was to choose 15 pieces of interest and duplicate them in form·Z.
I then choose three to four pieces to arrange in multiple compositions. Although we could not warp the objects yet, we learned how to change textures and materials as well as scale and orientation. This was then further developed into our first “environment” that had to include a dominate, intermediate and subordinate space. We were not supposed to create an environment meant for any specific use, but instead focus on the overall composition of the conceptual space.

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After experimenting with the camera parts, I had to choose one piece that would influence the rest of my designs. From this point forward I was able to use shape manipulation tools, furthering my knowledge of form·Z. The third and fourth environments were explored through physical models, which were documented by both videos and pictures. Critiques were held between each completed environment, both 3D and physical, which influenced the proceeding models and led to better design decisions.

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In my final environment, I wanted to focus on the side profile of the chosen piece. The final structure was created in form·Z by repeating the warped, curvilinear shape into a rib-like structure that was then connected using nurbs. After this environment was completed, I learned how to use the built-in rendering engine in form·Z. After some trial and error, I was able to create quality images of all my environment as well as rendered videos of my final environment. I remember being in awe of the final product that brought my vision to life. The last part of the assignment was to create a movie displaying the process we undertook, which included rendered images and videos created with form·Z. It can be viewed here : https://youtu.be/jd5hfxfHCp4

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By starting with simple shapes and ending with a complex, rendered environment, the project walked us through the many tools available in form·Z. Where other programs would limit me, I felt the tools in formZ allowed me complete creative freedom without being too complex or confusing. With form·Z I have been able to explore ideas and visually communicate my designs clearly and well-rendered. Although this project was a crash course in form·Z, it ended up being one of my most unique projects that I am proud of! Besides this submission, I also utilized form·Z on multiple other projects including a bar/restaurant and art gallery!

Katie Eastman

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture degree at Ohio University
Athens, Ohio, USA