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Started this discussion. Last reply by NIGEL GRAHAM Mar 22, 2009. 2 Replies

Drawing Boards

Started this discussion. Last reply by NIGEL GRAHAM Feb 25, 2009. 2 Replies

Hand drawn design or CAD?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Corah Dec 19, 2013. 60 Replies



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Ben Corah replied to NIGEL GRAHAM's discussion Hand drawn design or CAD?
"This topic is an interesting read as I'm facing these decisions at the moment! Through college I was taught the traditional way of hand drawing everything and taking it down to the printers. However I'm quickly moving over to the digital…"
Dec 19, 2013
Ruth Marshall replied to NIGEL GRAHAM's discussion Hand drawn design or CAD?
"Colin yes I agree- it is just a tool and whether it works for you depends on your skills, your clients, and what you lead them to expect. On average a single image often can be made to look better as a hand drawn, but that is like comparing a still…"
Dec 18, 2013
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Hand drawn design or CAD?

I have been trying to perfect the use of my 3D Designer program with varied success. The thought has occurred to me that customers might prefer the traditional hand drawn design which has a more one off personal feel. I would be interested to hear the thoughts of designers and customers alike. As I have never trained in IT hand drawing comes more naturally to me. …See More
Dec 17, 2013
David from replied to NIGEL GRAHAM's discussion Hand Drawn Design or CAD
"Has anyone used both Sketchup and vectorworks? If so, how do they compare?"
Apr 3, 2013

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Mike Bradley replied to NIGEL GRAHAM's discussion Hand Drawn Design or CAD
"Since starting as a designer I have always used hand drawn plans with isometrics and a colour rendered version to assist in customer visualisation. I started to use Google sketchup last year as an exercise on some designs that were already built,…"
Apr 3, 2013
David from replied to NIGEL GRAHAM's discussion Hand Drawn Design or CAD
"I didn't know you could do that! It's kinda cool for playing about with, but I wouldn't want to use it to do a proper piece of work with - it would take an age. (I still might get it though ;-)"
Apr 2, 2013

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Angelique Robb replied to NIGEL GRAHAM's discussion Hand Drawn Design or CAD
"I have found most clients do prefer the CAD drawing and it saves me alot of time!! So although hand drawing is nicer over all - I tend to only do the rough / starter sketches by hand. Also, with CAD (or sketchup or other) I can even design in the…"
Mar 30, 2013
Faith Caine replied to NIGEL GRAHAM's discussion Hand Drawn Design or CAD
"Hand drawing is an art and I believe a certain amount of talent is involved. I could not do the art but I could do the Cad. Personally I think a mix of both is good."
Mar 29, 2013

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Nigel Graham Garden Design
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I Have been in the landscaping business for nearly 20 years and have recently gained a Diploma in Garden Design from the Institute of Garden Design.
My aim is to create gardens that will be functional enjoyable and affordable and most of all to the personal requirements of each individual client.
I enjoy every aspect of the process from first meeting my clients right through to seeing a design in it's finished form. also being able to visit in the future to see how the garden has developed over time.
I am in the process of developing my website with a veiw of which services I can provide ,and also a gallery showing the work I have completed in the past. I hope it will be of interest to prospective clients and to fellow designers/lanscapers alike.(My IT skills aren't the best so any tips would be appreciated )
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At 8:05 on October 18, 2008, Ofer El-hashahar said…
Hi nice to meet you and more than that to see I am not the only one online at 7:30 weekend.
so good morning early bird.
Its great that you can offer nearly everything in landscaping.

and not jut that you said affordable that mean you can deal with all sorts of budgets-so, I am sure you are very busy.
Did you see the enviro Raised bed ,Its a wonderful solution for many situations veg beds, high borders,even as a terrace on a slope garden .probably less than half of the cost of any other materials.

I dont know much about all the plants in the UK or institutes- but but very keen to learn.
but I brought with me lots of solutions,experience with products that I bring from Israel .
what I find hard is when people dont try to have a look before they say know.

I was tought that a gardeners need to bring fashions to customers and I used to think that a garden designer should even be creative and create fashions.
just sharing the way I see things to see what do you think about that?
I am sure you have more experiance than me dont get me wrong.
I will go now to work on my website.
you always welcome to contact

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