Permaculture CAD* specialist Daniel Halsey takes you through a step-by-step journey to create professional-standard digital designs.
*Computer Assisted Design
SAVE TIME BY LEARNING
Whether you are an experienced permaculture designer, or just launching a new design business. There comes a time when you realize that it makes sense to go digital.
When you decide to make this transition you might feel overwhelmed by the choices of software and the huge learning curves involved in creating designs to a professional standard.
Hours spent trying to do something which seems like it should be so simple can leave you feeling frustrated and confused, inhibiting your creative process and potential.
Luckily, Daniel Halsey, Co-founder of United Designers International is here to help. Daniel has put together this fast-track Permaculture Digital Design course for you to learn everything you need to know to apply the UD method & create stunning digital designs to a professional standard whilst deepening your ecological expertise.
Having identified the need for a step-by-step approach to creating ecological designs on a digital platform, Daniel Halsey spent over ten years developing a simple, template-based system of digital design.
Taking us from patterns to details, this methodical approach clearly and effectively shows you how to communicate and format your concept design, enabling you to focus on what matters most: function and strategy
A simple step-by-step checklist approach we can apply to every design-saving time and improving efficiency.
Produce designs accurately to any scale, from 0.1 acres to 10,000+ hectares. The vector software allows you to work on and print out any size design.
View or hide each element of your design. Review the soil maps, topography, utility lines & existing vegetation at the click of a button.
Drag and drop
A library of plants with mature canopy sizes that can easily be dragged & dropped into position. Create species-specific, function-focused polycultures that can be saved & used again in future projects.
Easily create high-resolution zoom-ins to focus on the key areas that matter most to your current stage of design allowing for extra detail.
Work with other designers no matter where they are located.
Using well-known and affordable design software allows you to share your files around the world.
LEARN A SYSTEM THAT REALLY WORKS
Becoming a professional permaculture designer can take many years of practice to develop a streamlined process that produces excellent designs, quickly & efficiently.
By investing your time & effort to learn the best practices already available, you realize you don't have to reinvent the wheel. The system taught in this course will enable you to use your time effectively, focus on strategy, grow your business and allow you to enjoy your personal life
Daniel is the Managing Director of Permaculture Research lnstitute USA. He is the Co-founder of United Designers International, the Director of Southwoods Ecological Design, and the Principal Partner of Natural Capital, LLC, The Natural Capital Plant Database.
He has written several books on Permaculture and co-authored one of the most well-known books in the field "lntegrated Forest Gardening" The Complete Gulde to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems.
Daniel is also a certified Permaculture and professional agro-ecosystems designer. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design and a Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota
He is hired nationally and internationally to design private homesteads, intentional communities, and broad-acre agriculture transition farms. He teaches in Haiti, Lebanon [Beirut]. Costa Rica, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and all across the United States
EXAMPLES OF OUR 2019 - 2020 STUDENT DESIGNS
Module 1: Design Theory Ecological Design, Data Mining. Good Practices. A series of ecological design lectures for sustainable and ecologically supported solutions.
Module 2: Smart Design: Following a process and the patterns to detail philosophy helps bring information needed to make good design solutions
Module 3: Basic tools, layers, and software operation: The structure and features of Al and how we use them in design Assignment: Practice symbols and graphic styles. Gather ecological data for the Data Table.
Module 4: Using Tools, Workspace, and the Digital Base Map: Tools, Using Google Earth for aerials. Making Landscape Symbols, lmporting your resource files and base map to the title block.
Module 5: Building the Base Map & Soil Map: In putting all the existing structures, utility lines, existing vegetation, topography, other elements, creating soil maps and placing art
Module 6: Supervised Work Session for Designs. The Key, Plant Lists, Call Outs, Output and Narratives: Style Demo, Practice and Exercise Session Assignment - Complete draft design Demonstration Calculating spaces and materials with Acrobat.
Module 7: Plants, Symbols, and Design: Delving into the plant database, plant mechanisms, and lists. Ecological Functions & Human Uses. Using symbols and making other artwork
Module 8: The Final Draft Design: Following the functional spaces of the bubble/concept map, we refine and fill the spaces with the appropriate elements Confirm width, type, and surface for the access paths, road, gates, and clearance. Add plant symbols to the design and create common groups
Module 9: The Final Deliverable Design and Report: Counting the plants and calculating materials Labelling the design elements and creating other graphics to show relationships and resources
LEARN THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO HELP YOU SUCCEED
This self-study, entry-level option provides you with full access to the course videos and step-by-step guides to get you using the UD method
• Full Course Access [for 3 Months]
FULL DESIGNERS TOOLBOX
This supported-learning option provides you with the full designer's toolbox & expert feedback from Daniel to launch or upgrade your design career.
• Full Course Access [for 6 Months)
• Direct feedback from Daniel on all
• 1-year access to Natural Capital Plant
Database [designer tier]
• 1-year access United Designer planning
tools, plant symbols & template libraries
• 1-year access to United Designers
Assessment Data Tables & Checklists
• 1-year access to the Digital Design
Student Group with Monthly Training
from the UD team and P2P Feedback.
ADVANCED PRO PACKAGE
This lifetime membership package provides you with access to all live & future digital design modules. One-on-one mentorship from Daniel, plus business support & access to the UD Pro Partners group.
Everything the Professional Package has access to [value $945)
Lifetime access to all live and future digital design modules [participating as a mentor to new students)
1-on-1 design support from Daniel Halsey upon request
Access to the UD Partner Designer Group with personalized training from Daniel and the UD team.
EVERY NOW AND THEN A LIVE COURSE IS PLANNED.
SUBSCRIBE TO STAY INFORMED. DO YOU HAVE MORE THAN 10 ATTENDEES YOURSELF ALREADY, CONTACT US AND WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO PLAN AN EVENT.
/!\ Please note that only students with the 'Advanced Pro Package'
have free access to the live courses.
Dan's design course has been a total game-changer for doing professional permaculture design. After starting our permaculture business. we searched for tools and procedures to help clearly communicate our designs to clients and stakeholders. I was delighted to find that Dan had developed a platform to guide us during our design process and produce a stunning digital design
Following Dan's instruction, I was able to quickly learn the software and workflow to start rendering my concepts and designs in an elegant and digestible way The design process coupled with the Natural Capital Plant Database gives you everything you need to confidently carry out ecological design for any circumstance The course has introduced me to a network of designers from across the world and I've learned a skill set that will serve me on every project going forward.
This course is an invaluable contribution to the field of professional permaculture and ecological design
Biodesic Strategies, Fayetteville, Arkansas
I highly recommend this class. I had done design work on paper via technical drawing and took this class to make it easier to communicate with clients, give my work a more professional look, and make design changes easier during the process. This class far surpassed my expectations. The functionality of using Illustrator as a design communication tool is worth the cost of the class alone. The look of the finished product from this class is cleaner, clearer, and more professional-looking than what I have seen from design work from other companies. When I have had to adjust the design work based on client feedback, the process with illustrator is so much quicker and easier than what I've done in the past as well. While that was why I took the class and any one of those points would be worth the cost, I also learned a good deal about improving the design process, the designs themselves, and client communication. This is after having taken several PDCs and advanced PDCs This class is well worth it, and I definitely recommend it for anyone wishing to take their design work to a higher level. Dan is engaging, enjoyable to learn from, and very knowledgeable.
Eastern Ecosystems LLC
Dan's design course is invaluable. I had very little experience in Illustrator and was trying to hack my way into a professional-looking design. I knew what I wanted to design in my head, but my digital expression of it was elementary
His course is easy to follow and comprehensive, teaching you all skills and tricks you need to know to create outstanding professional designs, setting you apart from other designers. His course gave me the confidence to sell my designs knowing I was delivering a quality product to my clients
Grand Junction, Colorado
Here in Germany, we don't have any Permaculture courses regarding computer-assisted design. I always found it difficult to draw communicative plans since I never learned how to draw. However, I've always had an affinity towards working with software and the course seemed like a way to integrate digital design methods, tools, data as well as traditional methods and data assessment into one whole. For me personally, the course was worth every penny I am quite a self-paced learner and therefore worked with the provided videos in the beginning and then attended the live sessions which put all the video content into the context of Dan's actual design work. There's always the possibility to ask questions and learn from the more advanced students and designers. Buying the 'Advanced Pro Package'·was not just buying a part of my education but becoming part of a community of people who support each other in making the most of their designs, improving their quality, and most of all having a lot of fun while doing it. I am proud and happy to someday become a part of that international community of designers and practitioners
Permakultur-Gestalter [Basisjahr Permakultur-Design PKA] Germany
Finished your PDC and looking for the next step? Do yourself a favor and take Dan's digital design course!
Before I took the course, my hand-drawing skills were holding me back from effectively communicating my ideas and creating professional designs. Learning how to create designs digitally unlocked a world of possibilities for me. Dan shares the entire system and resources he developed for his own professional design career. By seeing this whole process, I now feel confident in launching a design career of my own. The online portion let me go at my own pace, but the weekly in-person meetings kept me connected and allowed for feedback and camaraderie. I feel so grateful to have taken this course and to have acquired to tools needed to unlock my potential as a digital designer.
Kelly Bull Gardens, Arizona, USA
Daniel Halsey, together with United Designers is setting new standards when it comes to visualizing Permaculture and Regenerative Designs. This course not only shows you how to do professional designs to an industry standard for your clients with Adobe Illustrator but is packed with loads of expert information on Permaculture, different processes, and software tools. Daniel shares his extensive experience freely and you will get first-hand information on how to become a professional Permaculture Designer. I haven't ·seen any similar courses yet, especially when it comes to making highly professional and visually appealing maps Very much recommended"
Daniel really helped to open up a whole new world of possibilities in permaculture for me. This course greatly accelerated my design process and ecological design career: I searched for months looking for a systemized solution to produce permaculture designs on digital platforms and all roads pointed towards Daniel. lt helped me to produce professional results quickly, sure, there's a lot to learn but once you've learned it, you have an invaluable toolbox to utilize on your designs.
The course was straightforward and easily digestible, there were loads of tips and tricks which really sped the process along and made the detailed parts easy to replicate for future designs. I am very grateful for all of the hard work Daniel has done in putting this powerful course together: lt lays a foundation and a standard for the future of permaculture designs, providing the maximum effect for minimum input.
Earth Repairs, United Kingdom