Working with my pals at Triangle, we were tasked with a complete refit of their aging store interior at the end of the exit ramp beneath London’s famous Eye.
With immense daily footfall and open to the moist Thames environment, the existing format had become very dilapidated and tired. In the run up to 2012 London Olympics, it was clear the place deserved a face lift – retail botox under The Eye if you will. Deploying my Sketch Up skills, my job was to resolve a chaotic retail space, design some sturdy counters, enhance POS and improve flow throughout without compromising inevitable queues at the counter for after-ride memorabilia. We also added a large feature wall above the counter area. Several iterations and almost a year later, the store successfully opened to the public in Q1 2012 – in plenty of time for the Olympics.
Weber Experience – Airstream BBQ heaven.
Several years ago, I was on the look out for a 3D package that worked really simply – none of that ray-tracing, texture mapping and ‘nerbing’ malarchy. I finally discovered Sketch Up chugging away on a neglected PC in a quiet corner of a design exhibition in Islington …but nobody on the stand could tell me a damn thing about it. All I can remember is thinking… omg I can’t wait to download this bad boy.*
Back home that evening I tracked it down online, downloaded an 8 hour trial version (it wasn’t free in them days) and spent every spare moment getting to grips. I’ve never looked back and it remains one of my all time fave design packages.
*Regrettably, I also remember being taken critically middle-aged and subjecting my studio manager, Nick ‘Nelly’ Feurtado, to ‘Bat Out of Hell’ very loud all the way back to Bristol. Poor bastard.