Profile: Blink Image

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Oxfordshire-based architectural visualisation firm, Blink Image, was formed in 1998 by Mr Richard Birket and Mr Daniel Beinart after completing their diplomas in architecture at Oxford Brookes University.

Oxfordshire-based architectural visualisation firm, Blink Image, was formed in 1998 by Mr Richard Birket and Mr Daniel Beinart after completing their diplomas in architecture at Oxford Brookes University. There was a strong focus on presentation throughout the course and both partners pioneered the use of computers to communicate the ideas behind their design projects. This enthusiasm led to the formation of Blink Image which started with an array of hand-built computers combined with a strong ambition to increase the quality of imagery/animations associated with the architectural visualisation industry.

Since then Blink Image has built a strong reputation throughout the property industry for producing high quality computer generated imagery and animations for planning and marketing purposes. Their architectural training, combined with their passion for design has been crucial in communicating with clients complex design issues, understanding their intentions and producing imagery that effectively explains projects to a wider audience. Blink ImageÝs extensive portfolio of work not only excites but alleviates concerns and more importantly, sells a vision.

ýWe use many software applications and techniques to complete each project, and it is never (ever) a case of just Ùclicking render, job doneÝ,¯ explains Birket. ýContrary to widespread marketing hype, no one application can do it all – in fact, on average we use perhaps 8 or 9 software applications for a single animation project and four or five applications to complete a single image.

ýThis means we have a need for hardware that can be both powerful and flexible and a network infrastructure that is both fast and reliable. CAD2 have understood our needs and have helped us design an integrated system that really works.

Blink ImageÝs workstations, dedicated render nodes, servers and video editing machines are supplied by high-performance custom built hardware specialist, CAD 2.
www.cad2.com

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A recent development in our hardware line-up is a series of dedicated, rack mounted render nodes that have transformed the speed at which we can render images/animations. Whereas before we rendered preview images at just 1,200 pixels wide, we can now split a full resolution, 4,000+ pixel render across our entire render farm in a fraction of the time. Essentially, this allows us to add more detail and a greater level of realism to all our projects.¯

www.blinkimage.com

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