Cool topic and really cool tools… but that’s just height.
Did you know that DAZ figures have “inhuman” proportions? I’ve been modeling stuff for DAZ figures for years… including environments and props (like furniture). As an architect and an interior designer, I have been doing this much longer in the real world. I’ve done offices, embassies, homes, condominiums, hospitals, labs and a study for an airport proposal… never got to build one though.
One of the tools we use in customized residential design is a personalized anthropometric chart, which allows us to take the height measurement of our client and then using the “golden triangle” method we are able to work out the incremental measurements that are ergonomically correct for that particular user. These dimensions will range from things like the optimum highest shelf, to door width, to work counter heights, to seat heights, even down to the proper customized stair riser dimension. With the figure drawn beside this chart, it becomes obvious which dimension corresponds to which particular “built-environment” item.
I tried doing this for Victoria 4… and it was most surprising. And more than a little upsetting.
The magic ratio of 1:1.618 doesn’t work for this figure… so the proportions are all off. If you set the height at about 1.80m (5’ 10.866”), you should be able to get an ideal stair riser of 0.18m (7.087”). That works… so you think that all the other heights apply… so a standard chair height would come in at approximately 0.55m (1’ 9.654”), but NO… that doesn’t work for this figure. She can be made to sit on that seat height, but her knees stick-up and her thighs aren’t perpendicular to the ground. The seat is too low… so you make an adjustment and raise the chair height, but now the standard table height of 0.75m (2’ 5.528”) might look right, but there’s no space for her legs and her knees. Even basic things like a door knob height, which should be at around 1.05m (3’ 5.339”) is too low for Vicky.
It is really annoying. As you make all these adjustments to fit the figure… at the end of the day it looks off. I guess I am the only one that gets bugged by this, so I have to get over it and move on. I’m not even sure I want to make an attempt at creating an anthropometric chart for the Genesis figures.
Cheers! — Möe