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Friday, September 23, 2011

Get the Complete Picture

One of the most important parts of the design process is the site measure.  Measuring the space you're about to re-design tells you how much room you have to work with, and it also gets you into the space which tells you how the room feels.  However, the site measure often takes place several days before I actually sit down to design, and that feeling of being in the space can't be replicated with photographs.

I've recently run across a new iPhone app that will help in these situations called 360 Panorama. It works just like a camera, but instead of taking stills you pan the camera and capture a panorama shot.  The app is being promoted as a way to capture the world around us ... in fact several panoramas are available to view on the 360 Verse website.  Pretty impressive.

I've started using the app to capture panoramas of rooms I've measure.  Have a look:


Use your mouse to navigate the panorama, and you'll see how this could be a useful tool to help you remember what it felt like to be in the room. The 360Panorama works much better in larger rooms as you could make one single 360 view of the room. Smaller rooms work best if you break them up into smaller views.

360Panorama is available at the iTunes store.

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