06/02/2020No Comments

The Importance of Not Standing Still

Sound on folks, and take a look at the latest showcase.

It's been fun to look back and stitch this 30s montage together. It makes me realise how multi talented Punch Digital can be, and the benefits of not being stuck rigidly to one area.

Many folk say "you need to be super niche", and whilst I do agree, and perhaps even see the business sense in that, it's just not for me.

I see huge advantages in working on a wide range of projects. What you learn on an architectural job will have a positive impact on a product animation.

Take for example the part of the showcase where the "2020" objects fall and bounce around. In my head, I'm thinking, could we use a system like this to drop leafs into an architectural project, to have a more realistic and interesting visual.

I totally understand that this approach isn't "mainstream", and we will end up going down routes that lead to nowhere. But that's half the fun!

Doing the same thing, day in, day out, also leaves you very exposed. People will copy, imitate and rip-off work. And if you're not quick, they could overtake you, and run you out of business. That scares me much more than wasting a few days on side project!

"If you don't move, your legs become stiff. And once your legs become stiff, it becomes harder to move."

Kind of makes sense, right?

So here's to diversity!

Dean

05/12/2019No Comments

Idea // A/B Testing though the magic of CGI

A/B testing is nothing new. You give folk two (or more) options, and see how they react. You then have a good idea which one version to push to your customers, clients or users.

cgi a/b testing illustration 3d visualisation

Icons made by prettycons from www.flaticon.com

 

Digital A/B testing is often used when designing and running websites, advertising and marketing campaigns.

Take web design for example, you have 2 designs but you don't know which perform the best. So you create 2 websites, and 2 groups of users. You then measure the performance of the websites, and go with the strongest website.

Smart right.

 

Well why not do the same with CGI illustrations. Create 2 versions of the same product and see which one gets the best reaction. 

cgi a/b testing illustration 3d visualisation

And the beauty of using CGI is that the product doesn't even have to exist, and doesn't have to until you know which one will sell.

Super smart right?

cgi a/b testing illustration 3d visualisation animated

By using CGI and digital mediums wisely, you could gain a real advantage over the industry, be more resourceful, and better serve your customers.

The phrase "knowledge is power" has never been so relevant as it is right now, and with A/B testing you can build that knowledge.

cgi a/b testing illustration 3d visualisation

So to prove a point, we're going to run a test soon. We'll take a product, create 2 variations, and see which one gets the most interaction on a platform like Instagram.

And we'll of course post our results!

 

Until then, take it easy, and if you'd like to know more about A/B testing, CGI or anything else, then drop us a line. Details on the contact page.

Thanks,
Dean

29/11/2019No Comments

Finished Friday // Coves of Brighton Bay // Architectural CGI Illustration

Coves of Brighton Bay // Architectural CGI Illustration

Finished Friday this week brings you Coves of Brighton Bay // Architectural CGI Illustrations.

Check out the full project here.

And if you'd like to know more about the project, are thinking about a CGI commission, or just want to friendly northern advice, then just drop us a line.

Contact details handily on the Contacts Page.

14/11/2019No Comments

Finished Friday // Samerson Kitchen // Interior Kitchen CGI

Samerson Kitchen // Interior Kitchen CGI

Finished Friday this weeks brings this beautiful interior space, which draws inspiration from modern kitchen design, with a mid-century twist.

The full project can be found on our Behance page.

 

And if you'd like to know more about the project, are thinking about a CGI commission, or just want to friendly northern advice, then just drop us a line.

Contact details handily on the Contacts Page.

10/10/2019No Comments

Inspiration // Redbrick Mill

I find inspiration comes from anywhere, but sometimes taking a literal step into an inspiring space is a fantastic way to broaden your mind.

So last weekend I paid a visit to the fantastic Redbrick Mill.

Redbrick Mill is a high-end department store for the likes of Heals, Natuzzi and Made.com, and wow, what a store!

Places like these are inspiring for so many reasons. The quality, attention to detail and of course design are just a few things to marvel at. But it's also a brilliant place to take in much more than just beautiful furniture and interior design.

Seeing real items up-close and in detail is a great way to push our CGI work forward. It's those details which can turn a good piece of work into something great. It certainly inspires us to continue to push and develop!

When working on interior projects, we're always looking for inspiration and references to give our work a creative edge. Nothing stands still in the interior design world, so why should we?

A visit like this is also fantastic to get ideas on smaller things too, such as table settings, colour trend and furnishings. And let's not forget out the fantastic mill building itself! I'm a huge fan of restored buildings, and this old mill is certainly beautiful and inspiring too!

 

So what's your favorite place for "read made" inspiration? Drop a comment or email and let us know!

 

Dean

24/09/2019No Comments

4 Questions // A brief insight into Dean and Punch Digital

I got asked these 4 questions below, and they really made me think about different aspects of myself and how I got to where I am with Punch Digital. So delve into my background, what makes me tick, and why I decided to try and make an impact in the creative CGI industry....

 

What do you do?

I run Punch Digital, a small, but very capable CGI studio, which I’m very proud to be the front of.

Personally, I’m hands on with projects, clients and R&D, but as the business grows I want to hand some of these tasks to trusted employees and partners, under my direction of course!

My background is in creating marketing CGI illustrations, working for other firms, before setting up Punch Digital in 2012. 

Who do you help?

Past clients include the likes of o2, Belling and Ford, and we’re just as comfortable working with small, local firms too.

Punch Digital / myself will work with a wide range of people and business, and have no real “ideal client”. Some of the most exciting and interesting projects have come from the most unusual clients!

On a personal level, I want to help folk break into the CGI industry. I feel people can be unprepared when it comes to landing their first job. The way I’m kicking this off is through a LinkedIn group - Helping folk break into the creative CGI industries, where I aim to offer advice, help and support to anyone who needs it!

What pain do you solve?

CGI imagery, animations and interactive apps are a great way to help folk visualise products, architecture and anything else. 

The biggest pain we solve is to remove limitations. 

Room sets aren’t restricted to studio walls; kitchens can be visualised in any interior imaginable.

Products don’t have to be manufactured, they can be illustrated from sketches and ideas, perfect for gauging interest, or even marketing for sales, before the expense of manufacturing.

Individual product variation can be shown, without the need to build and photograph each combination, through an interactive configurator. No more swatches or sample pots!

Ultimately, I want to make CGI marketing imagery as easy and as accessible as possible for anyone who sells a product, property or anything else!

Why do you do what you do?

I’ve always been a keen artist, even as little boy doodling in make-shift art folders. I must admit my fine art skills won’t win any awards, but it’s something I’ve enjoyed and pursued right up to Art A-Level.

I’m also great with numbers, figures and problem solving. Again A-Levels in maths and business studies helped build this passion.

Luckily, CGI imagery is a combination of artist flare, and technical ability. Figuring a small technical issue can almost be just as rewarding as building a beautiful illustration. 

I believe what I and Punch Digital does is purposeful, helpful and adds value for our clients, helping them to market and sell their thing.

There’s no greater high than receiving an email or phone call from a client, thanking us for our hard work and success on their project. 

I also love the constant evolution of CGI imagery. The CGI industry doesn’t stand still, advances in tech often push expectations to produce higher quality, speed and frequency of work, which is fine and part of the exciting challenges.

There are also amazing opportunities to explore and expand into new areas, such as virtual reality or augmented reality, with the aim of making this tech available, accessible and useful to clients, which is often the biggest, but very rewarding!

Ultimately I just love the mix of creativity, technical and innovative aspects of the creative CGI industry!

(Plus it’s less messier than being a plumber (sorry dad)!!)

 

Dean

14/08/2019No Comments

What would I do if….

Great question right? A good excuse to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective.

So over the next few weeks / months, I'll be doing just that in the form of a mini series to read at your leisure!

But what's the point?

Well, when it comes to creating marketing and promotional material for your business and products, the options can seem endless, or maybe there may be options that you haven't considered.

So, I want to use 15+ years of knowledge of the CGI, 3D, digital marketing industry, combined with an understanding of businesses needs, requirements and problems, to explain what I might do in your position.

The first piece will be "What would I do if I were a property developer?".

In this, I will look at the different options, from basic CGI artwork, to fully interactive applications, and maybe a few other options that perhaps you're not even aware of. I'll look at the pros and cons of different mediums, what to expect, cost guides and so on.

Essentially I hope this mini series will give you a good understanding of your options and maybe even help you to approach CGI studios so you get the most out of any future projects.

Don't miss out!

So this blog post is a little heads up for something that will be landing over the next weeks / months.

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Dean

02/07/2019No Comments

AR is dead, long live AR!

Augmented Reality is Dead?!

 

OK let me explain. AR definitely isn't dead, but a shift is occurring, and this is my prediction -

"AR over the next 12 months, augmented reality will become more commonplace, useful and integrated into our everyday lives than ever before."

 

Augmented Reality (AR) is a medium / platform allow people to superimpose digital content into the real world. You might be familiar with the concept. Snapchat Lenses are a fun way to add bunny ears, face swap or create interesting selfies.

Or maybe you've delved a little deeper and seen how you can view a piece of virtual furniture into your room. Check out the Ikea Place app for a great example of this.

Image Credit Facebook

Essentially anything that let's you see digital content overlaid or integrated into the real world can be defined as augmented reality.

The Shift in AR

AR has been around to years, we tested and played with this back in 2012, and then the hype died down. At that time it felt like a gimmick, and I don't do gimmicks!

In recent years, AR started to emerge once again, mainly down to the advances in tech (smart phones, Android ARCore, Apple AR Kit), which lead to fun apps, such as SnapChat.

Most of the apps have been for entertainment, and really served little other purpose.

But that will change. And it could be driven by Facebook of all people. Facebook launched Spark AR Studio, a way for developers to create augmented reality apps to feature in Facebook and Instagram.

Spark AR Studio Augmented Reality Facebook Instagram

Currently, most of the AR content on Spark AR Studio is "entertainment" based. People are experimenting, testing and having fun.

But what will be interesting is when we see Facebook start to monetise its platform and users. I predict that Facebook will create a centralised AR platform, not only for "funky selfies", but also for business, brands and products.

I mentioned earlier that Ikea have the Place app, where you can preview furniture within a real world. Well others are at it too, such as Wayfair and Amazon

And it's my prediction that Facebook will create something like Wayfair and Amazon , but 1000x greater!

Wayfair and Ikea are all very much self centred, they serve themselves, you can't "shop around". And I can't blame them, why should they.

Amazon and Facebook are potentially very different. These both aren't self centred, they can offer the users anything. So imagine an AR marketplace where you can browse 1000s of items, no matter who produces it.

And don't think AR is just for furniture either. Fashion, art, accessories, paint, hair styles and almost anything else could take advantage of AR.

And then there's the opportunity for augmented reality to do a full circle, and use AR for entertainment, promotion, brand awareness and just good old fun.

Facebook / Instagram is going to be the place to be. If they get it right, they'll be to go-to app for AR, and everyone will want to be on it. Think of it like a business not wanting to be on Google, it just wouldn't happen!

 

"I believe augmented reality is a huge opportunity for forward thinking retailers to promote their products and brands. The attention will be undervalued to begin with, but trust me, that won't last too long."

 

So what does this have to do with Punch Digital? Well moving forward, we will be developing augmented reality content on the Spark AR platform. It'll be business like ourselves that will give businesses, brands and products a way to get their content easily onto these platforms, so we're keen to show how this is possible!

Keep your eyes peeled for augmented reality updates!

And if you have an idea, concept or would simply like to know more about augmented reality, then get in touch!

Thanks,
Dean

28/06/2019No Comments

Finished Friday // Klio // CGI Visualisation & Animation

Another cracking interior CGI project to show you!

 

To help art.com market and promote Klio, their fantastic answer to streaming beautiful art to your house or office, we produced several images and a short animated clip.

Interior 3D CGI Visualisation Illustration Klio Office Interior 3D CGI Visualisation Illustration Klio Office

Interior 3D CGI Visualisation Illustration Klio Office

 

The Klio is available in different styles, so that needed to be illustrated.

The artwork which features on the Klio can also be animated, so again, we took care of that too.

The digital room set is entirely 3D, built to best illustrate the product, save time and remove logistical head aches!

 

For further details, or to get in touch head to the contact page.

 

And to view the full project head to -

https://www.behance.net/gallery/82155053/Klio-CGI-Visualisation-Animation

 

Interior 3D CGI Visualisation Illustration Klio Office

27/06/2019No Comments

The June Newsletter

The Latest Newsletter is out!

 

June Newsletter 3D CGI Illustration Visualisation

Head to...

https://mailchi.mp/676371886350/istgx2uajf-2080581

and take a look for yourself.

If you'd like to subscrive, you can do too.

SUBSCRIBE ME!

 

Thanks,
Dean

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