Landscape designers use many different ways to present drawing information about their designs. We favor a minimalist approach to the use of title blocks on drawing sheets and in many cases, provide just the bare information - our contact details and the location of the site. In our view, less is more. Certainly, if your project involved provided concept plans for a client, all that might be necessary in the title block on the sheet is your logo and contact details.
Here is an example of a simple concept plan with minimalist title block.
On the other hand, a series of sheets involving construction of a major project will require comprehensive title block information. Inter alia, the block might contain the following:
- Design consultancy logo
- Address and contact details of the Consultancy offices
- Detailed description of the job
- The name of the master designers
- Name of design drafter
- The site location,
- Intended scale and sheet size
- Date designed
- Initials of checking designer
- Details of pen color and thickness conventions
- Details of amendments to the design in the correct sequence
- References to other documents
- File names and path location
- North points
- Internal scale or scale bar
- Services - location and who checked power, telecommunications etc.
- Details of local and global coordinate systems in use
- Date of last edit
- Date printed
- Surveyor details
- Sheet number (e.g. Sheet 2 of 4)
- Base unit (meter, feet, mm)
Here's an example of a comprehensive title block for a major landscape project. Most of the information listed above is incorporated into it.
Most title bocks fall somewhere between these two extremes.
The figure below shows an interesting approach (by gCAD+ user CL). Photos of proposed design elements and species used are combined with a simple title block.
Here is another interesting variation - a title block combined with a landscape specification.
Here are links to some YouTube movies in which the use of title blocks in landscape drawings is discussed.
This page contains information on creating title blocks in the USA (Imperial) drawing environment.
Tip: We prefer to place scale bars in model space to give the viewer some concept of scale. Using this approach means that the scale is internal to the design, will not later when printed to a different size sheet and does not rely on the designer remembering to update scale information in the title block as sheet size changes.
Tip: there are no hard and fast rules about the size of elements in the title block although the technical drafting standards in your particular country may have something to say about it. [The Australian standard for technical drafting is termed AS1100.] In general, the title block will be larger and contain text in a larger size than that on smaller sheets.
Download the horizontal title block shown in the drawing above.
For maximum flexibility, our designer also made a vertical version of the title block
Download the vertical title block version shown above.
USA sheets and title blocks:
This movie shows how a title block for a US architectural C size sheet might be developed. The designer used inches as his base unit so some scaling would be required as the title block is inserted into a layout space.