"A picture says more than a thousand words". This sounds trite, but it's true. And taking this truth to heart helps make the clearest possible statements.
Professionally designed images, graphics and animations make complicated contexts clear and, therefore, understandable to users. Frequently, successful graphical processing of complex concepts also has the effect that the explanatory text can be reduced to a minimum, even allowing it to be omitted in certain cases. That means, in such a case, less can accomplish more – more clarity.
What exactly do technical illustrators do?
Technical illustrators produce all kinds of illustrations that are the prerequisite of instructions aimed at target groups. This task can be simplified if, for example, the customer's existing 3D CAD files can be used.
Technical illustrators draw devices, machines or systems, for example, in black and white, in grey scales or in colour. Particularly important details are clearly highlighted in the same process. If necessary, for example, an "X-ray portrayal" provides a look inside the product.
Our technical illustrators also create and edit photographs for printed formats or for use on the Internet. They also clearly visualise process flows in the form of computer animations. The technical illustrators always work closely together with the technical editors – image and text simply go hand in hand at ZINDEL.
Transport device for a machine frame
This is how computer animations visualise complex processes
In technical documentation, certain aspects can be explained more simply and quickly using graphics, drawings and photos than would be possible with words. When complex technical processes and procedures have to be portrayed in a striking and understandable way, however, this is where these tools reveal their limitations. That's why we rely on computer animations for such a task.
Computer animations reduce the portrayal of complicated processes to their essential features. After all, the requirement is not to precisely simulate a process in physical/technical terms – didactic processing is far more important. The user is not supposed to replicate the technology, but should merely understand the animated process and recognise the special features of the technical solution. For this reason, we are also increasingly using computer animation in sales, service and training.
Incidentally, the cost of producing computer animations is usually far less than is commonly assumed – particularly when we are able to use geometrical design engineering data such as 3D CAD files, for example. In this way we help our customers keep down their costs.
The ZINDEL extra
We can essentially process all conventional graphical formats: data from 3D CAD systems as well as 2D data, photos or scans. We use these templates to create new, meaningful and easily understandable illustrations.
The structure and functions of your products are optimally portrayed by professional technical illustrations. This benefits all users – whether specialists or laymen. In typical ZINDEL fashion!