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Introduction to the Workflows

"Digital Design Workflows" offers you digital design knowledge with an emphasis on theory and digital design concepts.

Workflows refer to the idea that we can find certain logic and phases in digital design that are similar in multiple software. That's why software's names are mainly avoided in the Workflows -chapters, instead, the focus is on revealing the important processes. This way we do not need to worry about the system updates & new versions.

If you learn the content of this section, you can apply your skills with many different tools.



How to approach the workflows chapters?

Start with basic skills and principles, so later you could create impressive drawings of three-dimensional objects and spaces.

First! Learn the six key terms related to data types and workflows!


 Photoshop operates primarily with pixels or in other words, raster data. 


Vector data-based software are for example Rhino, Autocad, SketchUp, Revit, Archicad. Vector data is founded on geometric primitives such as points, lines, curves, surfaces, shapes etc.


Hybrid workflows refer to software that can handle both vector and raster data.

CAAD (computer-aided architectural design)

CAAD (computer-aided architectural design) is a distinct class of CAD (computer-aided design) software developed for use by architects and planners.

Digital Production

Digital production refers to the workflows which have as a final outcome a physical object but are designed by digital means and produced by a machine.


Computational chapters are based on the idea, that it is possible to manipulate digital data. That means that we can use techniques inherent to computers to edit our designs.
Your own department will guide you in which timeframe and order you should learn the content of Digital Design Workflows. Check also the "Aalto" section for more information.
The next step is to go a little bit deeper into the idea...

Last Updated on 4.8.2021
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