NONSCANDINAVIA / Free 2D Cutout People

I’ll say it again, and again… and again! You can never have enough 2d cutout people for your renders. A steady supply is needed to avoid repetition, but also in order to avoid misplacement – and that fact is at the core of NONSCANDINAVIA. It’s is a free, open-source, online database of hi-res PNG images, dedicated to increasing diversity in architectural representation. The project is framed as a counterpart to Skalgubbar, the free Swedish cutout site causing a ubiquitous creep of Swedish hipsters in architectural renderings outside of Sweden.

A student group at Columbia University in New York City grew tired of seeing student work sited in the South Bronx populated by wealthy young people entirely un-reflective of the area’s true demographics. The goal of NONSCANDINAVIA is to remove the structural obstacles to representational diversity, and to leverage the site to generate broader conversations about the significance of diversity in architecture and representation. This is a completely not-for-profit, student-run project that is already widely in use within GSAPP.



It looks good, simple, free and unique – Visit NONSCANDINAVIA now!

10 replies
  1. Ronen Bekerman – 3D Architectural Visualization Bl
    Ronen Bekerman – 3D Architectural Visualization Bl says:

    depends really. people are never easy. The selection of 3d ones is much smaller and clients can get very picky you know 😉

  2. erik nord
    erik nord says:

    Just want to point out this from the FAQ:

    “Where do these images come from?
    We pull images from anywhere and everywhere to get the person and pose we want. As a result, we don’t have license to use many of the images for professional purposes. These images are intended for educational, personal, and otherwise non-commercial use. Join in by sending us images you’ve cropped for use in your own renderings.”

    So unlike Skalgubbar – you can not use these for commercial stuff…

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