Coders have their programming speed competitions such Google’s Code Jam and Facebook’s Hacker Cup — well, so do 3D artists and CAD designers! Check out the wrap up of the Rhino Hatch Live competition shared by SolidSmack.com.
But first, here is the description of the competition from the Hatch Live site:
Hatch Live is a new and fast-paced competition allowing product designers to showcase their talent. Bringing together the design community and an audience of design lovers, Hatch Live will take place at We Work Lounge in the Soho neighborhood of NYC starting on Saturday, October 19, 2013 and culminating in a final on Saturday, November 23, 2013.
The competition is a knockout tournament with a series of head-to-head matches. Competitors will aim to create a new product within a product category (e.g., seating, home storage) each match while also fitting within the bounding shape constraints (e.g., z,y,z dimensions). Up to 8 people will be selected to compete live. Product categories are shown in the Schedule and Results page.
Each match lasts 80 minutes and consists of 5 rounds. Two match wins gets you to the final and a guaranteed prize. Three match wins gets you all the way to the grand prize.
A team of judges will score each match for up to 75 points. Twitter votes from the public make up the final 25 points. The winner of each match based on a total possible score of 100 will be announced on the Tuesday following the match after Twitter voted have been counted.(Read more.)
And from the end of this year’s competition, a selection of an SS interview with the winner, Wil Rodriguez-Joglar:
SS: Do you feel like performing in front of a live audience helped sharpen your CAD skills?
WRJ: It definitely helps you improve your speed and apart from the live audience you also have the time frame, which just makes it more challenging. It also helps to sharpen your “quick thinking” skills. Having people look at your design process, but also curious on how you edit or suggest what you feel are improvements to your opponent’s design is a great exercise that boosts your adrenaline and gets your brain working fast.
SS: After competing in every event and now winning the tournament, what advice do you have for the next round of competitors? How can they better prepare themselves to model in front of a live audience?
WRJ: Tough call, everybody has their own process, but I would recommend to establish a clear idea/concept and go face your opponent with a clear design in your mind. It doesn’t have to be very polished as long as you have a clear direction. For the live audience, just make sure that you know the software well and are able model things using different tools and commands. Nerves can make you forget commands and knowing more than one way will help express your ideas faster….
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