Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
What is it about the design process that lends itself to missing deadlines? Case in point, today was the day I was supposed to unveil the new “Thursday Top 5” email design. I showed a preview of the design last week and was looking forward to putting it to work this week. But. . . things didn’t work out as planned. First, the designer encountered some complications converting the Photoshop file to HTML. Then there were complications getting the template into my email provider’s format. Finally, after I sorted all that out, there were more complications when I sent out a test email. Sounds familiar, right? Design projects always seem simple until you get into the details.
By the way, a big thanks to everyone who responded with their comments on the new design. Apart from a couple of typos (oops) the new design was very well received. I’m looking forward to (hopefully) putting it in place for next week’s email. Finger crossed. . .
Alright, here are five things to check out this week.
#1: Creating Legends in Revit Using Legend Components
It’s time for another Revit tip and tutorial! This week it comes from Karl Tanner of RevitIQ, who’s recent post focuses on legend components and tips on how to make your drawings more readable and useful. Featuring clear screen shots and step-by-step instructions, this a good article to keep in your toolbox the next time you need to clear up a cluttered drawing.
#2: A Library of 100 Downloadable Photoshop Textures
The good folks at ArchDaily are here to save us all a bunch of time. They’ve compiled a ton of material textures onto an easy to access blog post. Scroll through this seriously useful repository of textural images and find the perfect one for your next rendering. Thanks guys!
#3: Sketching Details
Architect and artist Paul Laseau likes to say that, “sketching is a continuing source of learning rather than a string of performances.” Bob Borson of Life of an Architect embodies Laseau’s words with his Instagram account, where he shares his pen sketches with all of us. Check out Borson’s recent blog post with examples of some of his sketches. Hopefully it will inspire you to create and share of your own sketches!
#4: Two Hundred Fifty Things an Architect Should Know
As if you didn’t already need to know a lot to be an architect, here comes Michael Sorkin with his list of 250 things you absolutely need to know. Fortunately, you won’t need to crack a textbook to learn all of these. Straight and to the point, Sorkin’s list of a good reminder for students and grizzled veterans alike. I am particularly keen on items 129 and 246. What are your favorites?
#5: What is a ‘time multiplier,’ and how does it improve productivity?
It’s safe to say that we all aspire to be super-productive and to have more free time for ourselves. The million dollar question is how do we achieve that? Fast Company swoops in to share some advice from time management company RescueTime. The article highlights the concept of time multipliers and how you can use them to facilitate more productivity and free up your day. Take a read through and see how you can start multiplying your time!
Question of the Week:
Does your firm require new employees to take a test or assessment to determine their Revit skills? If so, what is the test like? Do you have to model a specific building or parts of a building? Or is it a written exam? Click the link below to share your experiences.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.
PS. Speaking of missing deadlines, today was also the day I was supposed to host a workshop on Revit rendering. Due to a scheduling conflict, I had to reschedule the workshop. The new date is Tuesday, November 26th at 2 pm EST. You can still register for the workshop here.