White House floor plan

December 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

Floor plans often make great infographic fodder. For instance, the Washington Post’s interactive White House corridors of power diagram provides a solid inside look at the Obama administration. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/interactives/westwing/index.html)

Often a flat blueprint works fine, but sometimes you might want to take a more stylized approach. Using Illustrator’s 3D tools, you can make a quick-and-dirty extrusion of the blueprint’s walls (like in the White House example) without having to move into a raster 3D program.

Here is a decent tutorial on the Vector Tuts site that shows you how to make a simple 3D floor plan. http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/illustration/how-to-create-a-3d-floorplan-in-illustrator.

Some of the numbers the author uses for rotation angles don’t seem to match what he’s showing, but he presents the basic concepts clearly.

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