I accidentally ran across RNDRD. I think one of the images from their website showed up in an image search. I’ve always been drawn to plans and sketches from previous decades. I realize the images in old books and publications was the best of the best, the final version, but I’m always amazed. All the lines are hand drawn. Somebody used real colored pencils and inks when they colored. Everything is real; no Photoshop, no Instagram filters. Scanning through these old images inspires me to want to draw and actually create.
So what is RNDRD? From RNDRD’s homepage:
“RNDRD is a frequently updated feed of images from published architectural projects of the 20th century. We do not publish photographs of completed work, only renderings: hand-drawing, collage, models and graphics of all sorts. Our source materials are (mostly) out-of-print academic and trade journals. We cull the most striking, typical and atypical images from thousands of pages of print that will not be available online. As the internet increasingly becomes the main source for designers to draw on precedence, RNDRD hopes to provide a broader sample of the history of architectural image making. All images are posted as fair use. They are for personal study, education, research and scholarship. Any other use will require permission from the copyright owners. Please contact us with any concerns or requests. The editors are Josh Conrad and Lauren Hamer.”
So next time you are in an afternoon lull, head to RNDRD.com for a little pick-me-up and get your creative juices flowing.
Here are a few of the images from RNDRD:
1. Hans Poelzig. Envisioning Architecture (MoMA, New York, 2002) 1918
2. Borja Garcia Huidobro. Auca. 41 1981
3. Aldo Calvo, Giancarlo Palante, Zenon Lotufo. Modulo. 7 1957
4. OMA. L’invention du parc. Graphite 1984
In case you’re wondering, I did contact Josh and Lauren to ask them if it would be OK to feature their website on our blog. I never heard back from them. So I’m taking that as not a “NO.” Thanks Josh and Lauren for your website. Please keep doing what you’re doing.