Viz-Scape

Doris Chang

César Torres-Bustamante

March 2021

Seeing, Thinking, Communicating and Visualizing. Viz-Scape is a creative project that serves as instructional and inspirational visualization content for landscape architecture, showing students techniques to focus on and how to most efficiently create visuals for their projects. The goal is quick, engaging, illustrative, visual learning that is easy to understand and comprehend for students; and encourage readers and designers to sketch and develop their own graphic style.

This book includes graphic/visual standards, tutorials, guidelines, for the profession of landscape architecture, focused for students, from a student. It has a joint website
at www.viz-scape.com which further provides tips, examples, tools, and resources for visualization, on a digital platform. Specifically, Viz-Scape is a graphic language with easy-to-navigate steps, to create detailed drawings, sketches, renderings, digital design, diagrams, etc., that is in line with today’s styles and technology. The end goal is a handy resource for students to gravitate towards when in need of direction, guidance, tips, and ideas for illustrating or enhancing their designs.

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ABOUT ME

As a student, I always loved the creative process of sketching, drafting, rendering and bringing the idea or concept to life with the beauty of demonstrating how powerful design details can bring our innovative ideas to life.

However, it was difficult at first to visually represent my designs as accurately as it was in my head. Through these past few years, I was able to learn helpful techniques that I wish I knew early on to bring my ideas to life, and I wanted to showcase what I learned and discovered as a landscape architecture student!

Viz-Scape is a graphic language with easy-to-navigate steps, to create detailed drawings, sketches, renderings, digital design, diagrams, etc., that is in line with today’s styles and technology.

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Contents include: Introduction to drawing basics, applications, and effects; Graphic symbols in different styles; Coloring with markers, and watercolor; Basic principles for layout design.; Fundamentals of perspectives, plans, sections; Drawing and rendering in con-temporary landscape-architectural practice.; Final digital effects and style development

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Adapted Viz-Scape Logo

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Viz-Scape is a graphic language with easy-to-navigate steps, to create detailed drawings, sketches, renderings, digital design, diagrams, etc., that is in line with today’s styles and technology.

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Book (Print and Ebook)

In this book, you will find inspirational sketches, entourage, cutouts of rendering steps, trending styles, and many more. Whether you’re an individual interested in landscape architecture, or underclassmen within the major, Viz-Scape will be a handy resource for you to flip through throughout your design journey!

Viz-Scape's website will also become a blog like platform for students and viewers to collaborate and share inspiration in the future.

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Initial website organization layout

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Read more at Viz-scape.com

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Viz-Scape's website will also become a blog like platform for students and viewers to collaborate and share inspiration in the future.

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Website (viz-scape.com)

The project website, at viz-scape.com, will showcase the book contents, on a digital platform. To keep the project evolving, viz-scape.com will be updated with future blogs that stay on top of visual trends, tips, and ideas. Additionally, it includes a resource and toolkit library which students can direct to for inspiration and graphic materials.

To differentiate itself from other resources, Viz-Scape will be less formal and more engaging, with personable characters that represent each chapter. These characters will show up throughout the book to further guide students in a fun and unique way.

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The main boxes illustrate the number of resources each field offers, portrayed in size of the box. And an extension/attachment to the individual box symbolize the number of resources offered in sketching, coloring, and digital/3d visualizations (specific to each field).

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Character Dialogue Experimental Layout

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To differentiate itself from other resources, Viz-Scape will be less formal and more engaging, with personable characters that represent each chapter. These characters will show up throughout the book to further guide students in a fun and unique way.

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Background + Development

I wanted to go into the design process with a concept and a planned-out research form. The incorporation of dynamic and engaging characters were envisioned, as well as a general color scheme and style. I also wanted this project to be diverse from the resources already available, so I steered away from developing a formal composition that was too textbook-like. After research and survey feedbacks, I started my design development.