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Updated! Theme park design tools for new designers

In 2012 and again in 2017 themedattraction.com wrote about design tools for theme park and other built environment designers. As with any technology, those tools have seen rapid advances. Much of what Nate Naversen wrote then remains true today. If you’re dreaming of theme park design and want to know what tools you will need…

Design Tools: What tools are used?

One subject that themedattraction.com has not addressed yet is the question of design tools: That is, what tools are used by designers to create theme park attractions? AutoCad drafting AutoCad is a tool that has almost completely replaced hand drafting for the development of plans, sections and elevations in most of the world of design…

Theme Park Space Planning: The Mass Model

“The answers are in the model shop” – Michael Eisner Model building is an essential part of the development process for theme park and theme park attraction design. This article will discuss the first and most basic model used in the development of a theme park or theme park attraction: The mass model. As we…

The Blue Pencil

Design Tools: What tools are used for concept artwork? One subject that themedattraction.com has not addressed yet is the question of design tools: That is, what tools are used by designers to create theme park attractions? Blue Pencil Especially when in the blue-sky phase, one medium relied upon heavily is the blue pencil. Theme park…

SketchUp

Design Tools: What tools are used? One subject that themedattraction.com has not addressed yet is the question of design tools: That is, what tools are used by designers to create theme park attractions? Sketchup is a great new tool for theme park designers. It allows a designer to quickly take a two dimensional AutoCad drawing…

Adobe Photoshop

Design Tools: What tools are used? One subject that themedattraction.com has not addressed yet is the question of design tools: That is, what tools are used by designers to create theme park attractions? Photoshop is an invaluable tool in the creation of theme park attractions. Every show set designer should have at least a rudimentary…

Magic Markers for Theme Park Designers

One subject that themedattraction.com has not addressed yet is the question of design tools: That is, what tools are used by designers to create theme park attractions? Magic Markers There are three brands of markers that seem to work the best for rendering, and each have their advantages. Prismacolors are nice because they are a…

How to develop a theme from scratch using an image board

Blue Sky Theme Park Attraction Design Developing the theme for a new theme park attraction may seem like a simple task. Begin with a ride, a restaurant, a retail location or space. Then select from a library of themes and apply it like a template to the space. This thinking may appear to work in…