Nov 21: SketchUp

Due today: InDesign "how-to" assignment.

SketchUp Assignment

Use SketchUp's to create a 3d model of your home (or some other building, if you wish). Use textures (materials) on surfaces. You must create and use at least two materials yourself. Use the "text" tool to create callout arrows pointing to the textures you have used. Label main dimensions with the dimension line tool.

You may use components from the 3D warehouse only as secondary features. Upload to

Due by 6 pm , Nov 27. Submit: upload to class web site. Filename: YOURLASTNAME_Assignment9.skp

Usability assignment draft

Write a first draft based on your approved topic. Upload it to the class web site as a PDF or Word file, filename YOURLASTNAME_Draft9.pdf or YOURLASTNAME_Draft9.docx

  • Have someone else do the task. Your job is to observe, record and analyze.
  • Analysis of what usability problems the web site has is the main task. Detailed description of the web site, or a critique of purely visual design aspects (colours, fonts, layout, etc, is not needed)
  • Follow standard essay construction: introduction, body, conclusion.
  • You can find discussion of the typical essay structure here.
  • The NSCAD Writing Centre is your best resource. It's free, and you can book online.

Formatting for Usability Assignment

Needs to be done in InDesign.

Margins a minimum of 1 inch left and right.

Use a leading value of twice your body text point size.

Title page: Title of essay, your name, your student number, instructor's name, course name and number, due date.

Pages need to be numbered. Use a header with the title of the essay in it, and your name. Use master pages.

You must use paragraph styles for all content.

Cite the name of the web site on a separate page titled "Works Cited."

Getting your page numbers to start on the first text page (not the cover page) can be tricky. You need to define a section and then remove the extra automatic page number from the cover page. Refer to: Page numbers and sections

Use the MLA format for the citation of the web site. List any other references in the "Works Cited" page. Follow the MLA style exactly; you must also include the URL for any web sites. (URLs are optional in MLA style, but I am requiring you to include them. BibMe is a good OK resource for generating references.

Upload to class web site, both PDF and InDesign File, 6:00 pm Dec 4. Name your files YOURLASTNAME_Review.pdf and YOURLASTNAME_Review.indd.

Remember that this is the date for the final version - you still need to submit a rough draft beforehand.


SketchUp is available as a trial download for Macs and PCs.

Don't use the "SketchUp Free" app that runs in a web browser. You need to download and install the application.

Using the "offset" filter in Photoshop to create seamless textures.

Models, tutorials and help documentation is available at the the Google 3D Warehouse.

A quick reference card explaining the tools is available for download.

SketchUp Help

The most important thing to remember about SketchUp: if you don't want something you draw have other things stick to it (and possibly make a mess of your model) group elements (or make them components) as you draw them.

The help center for SketchUp.

More 3D options

Blender. Free, but fairly complex.

Inventor Fusion (for Mac). Free, well suited to product design and engineering.