|Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter,|
|Today’s a big day! My Revit add-in is getting a new name. From this day forward, the Revit add-in previously known as “Power-Pack” will be called “Smart-Pack”. Why the name change? No, my add-in didn’t get married and no, I’m not doing some big marketing campaign. Instead, I got a letter from a lawyer.
It turns out that a few months before I launched my add-in in 2016, another company created a Revit add-in also called “Power Pack”. What are the odds, right? This company then did something I probably should have done; they trademarked the name. Hence, the letter from the lawyer informing me I was infringing on the company’s trademark. Ugh. . .
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my seven years in business, it’s when to run from a fight (hint: when lawyers are involved). Rather than try to fight their trademark claim (and probably lose), I’m taking the easier route and changing the name. So if you’re looking for ArchSmarter’s productivity add-in for Revit, you can find it here, under it’s new and perfectly legal (for now) name.
OK, I’ve got to go file some trademark paperwork of my own. While I’m doing that, here are five things to check out this week:
#1: Design for the New Generation
Check out AECMagazine’s review of Autodesk’s generative design tool, Project Refinery. See how this technology, which runs in collaboration with Dynamo, could help to enhance and better optimize your work. Is this the future of design? Click the link below to find out!
#2: Exploring Remote Work in Architecture
Think that working for an architecture or engineering firm means having to be in the office every day? Read how one Boston-based firm has been turning that model on its head and how its mix of remote work and radical flexibility is changing how and where architecture is being created.
Bob and Andrew of “Life of an Architect” spend time in their recent podcast talking about the importance of having a mentor in your career. They also discuss the important qualities you should look out for when searching for the special someone you can turn to for guidance and support in your work. Do you currently have a mentor or are you mentoring someone? If not, click the link below to learn the hows and whys of mentorship.
#4: What the Fractured Media Landscape Means for Architecture
How do you find your niche, promote your work and land projects in the ever changing world of digital media? Common/Edge tackles this question in their latest post, as Duo Dickinson looks back at his 35 years in architecture and how he has had to change and adapt from print to digital.
#5: How Important is Work?
What does your work mean to you? Scott H. Young muses over the concept of work and what part it plays in our lives, whether it be our driving passion, our joy or simply just a paycheck. Check out Scott’s thoughts and breakdowns on all things work. Where do you see yourself here?
Question of the Week:
What do you want to learn this year? I’m planning out my content and courses for 2020 and I’m curious about the topics you’re interested in learning more about. Do you have time for a quick survey? It should take less than two minutes, I promise!
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.