UPDATE 05/3/2013: Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend due to another event the same evening. Damn!
Worlds of interest collide for the next Auckland Nerd Nite. Meet, greet, listen, talk, have a drink or two as Nerd Nite talks nanotechnology, 3D printing and analog computing. I will be both there and square!
Back to it. nerdnite returns, same bat-time, same bat-channel, with a technologically orientated evening. Materials science, 3d printing and differential analysers (google them, they're awesome machines).
First up, we have Shaun Hendy, visiting us all the way from Wellington. Shaun is a physicist by trade, specialising in nanotech and materials science, and will be speaking about economics, science and innovation in his talk entitled "Get Off the Grass".
Our second speaker Danny Dillen is a product designer currently running his own small 3D printing, prototyping and product development company in auckland. He will be introducing us to 3D printing methods, particularly the newer filament extruder printers which have begun to dominate the consumer market, as opposed to the half million dollar+ machines used in industry.
We also have William Irwin, a volunteer from MOTAT, who will be taking us through the history and restoration of the Meccano Differential Analyser No. 2, an analog computer that solves differential equations. This particular one was used to help build Benmore Hydro Dam, and design the bouncing bombs used to destroy hydro damns in the Ruhr Valley during WWII.
When: Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 18:30
Where: Nectar, 472 New North Road Kingsland, Auckland
Since I’ve been a customer I can only remember a couple of changes in Autodesk branding. They recently they announced a new logo so it is goodbye to the old:
Hello to the new:
Autodesk, autodesk, Autodesk, AUTODESK?
I like the new logo but wonder about the uppercase text. There was a brief flirtation with lowercase in the early part of this century (see photo below) but now ‘Autodesk’ has become, the little bit shouty, ‘AUTODESK’.
I’m glad this seems to be confined to the logo unlike some brands which carry their case sensitivity into normal text use. I’m thinking about you Mini, mini, I mean MINI. That said AUTODESK would have been a trivial change to one ActiveWord for me. I just type, or scrawl on a tablet pc, ‘adesk’ and ActiveWords does the rest!
Not my Father’s Autodesk?
The title of this post, by Chris Bradshaw, introducing the new look made me smile:
by Chris Bradshaw, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Autodesk
Our new brand made its public debut today at this year’s TED held in Long Beach, Calif., where thinkers from around the world gathered to brainstorm and spread ideas. We could not think of a better place to unveil Autodesk’s new look than the premier conference about technology, entertainment and design…
My, can I say here?, 70+some year old my Dad is a — supposed to be retired but keeps on working — Printing Engineer with an interest in CNC machining, a PC and an iPad. He is a ‘maker’, mostly machine parts & stuff for his yacht, but his fabrication is physical rather than digital. I didn’t inherit this ability as can create things in the computer, but am hopeless at real world making. He can build anything with precision in the real world but consults me about computer stuff!
Perhaps easy to use consumer focused digital design solutions like 123Dapp.com means it really is more My Father’s Autodesk!
A rebrand closer to home
As I write Autodesk.com is still showing the old logo. I’m not surprised as a change like this is a huge transition. My employer The Warehouse is in the midst of a pretty subtle rebranding exercise; the second in its 30 year history. In 2005 the original 1980s logo was modernised:
The current change is removal of yellow from logo and, where it has much more impact, customer level signage, ticketing etc. for a much cleaner simpler look. Amazing to see how even a subtle change impacts perception — customers do notice — but also how much work is involved.
Time update my ‘Autodesk Sign photo’?
Back in 2004 when I visited, first met other than virtually, Shaan Hurley at Autodesk he took this photo. The logo, and both of us, have changed a bit since then! Perhaps its time for another trip to San Francisco (my favourite US city of the few I’ve visited) for a reshoot!
One of the most amazing aspects of this whole “blogging thing” is the unexpected connections it brings. Primarily this has been meeting, both virtually and in person, some amazing people like the subject of this post.
Way back in March 2010 Edwin Prakoso ran an AutoCAD Tips competition on his CAD Notes blog. He asked me to help judge it and I was happy to do so. A short time later an unexpected gift arrived in the form of a lovely piece of Batik art.
After much procrastination — my weakness — the work is now framed and on display for more than just me to enjoy. Thanks, belatedly, Edwin for a lovely gift.
Although I have spent quite a bit of time with the consumer/release preview editions I haven’t written much about Windows 8.
To date I’ve only run it in virtual machines on desktop hardware. Although useful to try some Windows 8 features, review technical aspects and build familiarity it hasn’t allowed fair evaluation of the operation, either touch or desktop, of the new User Interface which is the most visible, radical change.
For that I’ll wait for the release version on real hardware but I have formed an opinion on the what Windows 8 represents for both Microsoft and personal computing.
This article from Co.Design is an interesting view of the biggest change Microsoft have attempted since the shift from DOS to Windows. It also highlights a rather surprising contrast in design direction between the “new” Windows and Apple’s operating systems along with the challenges Microsoft still faces.
I recently learnt of this event which may be of interest to my Au/Kiwi AEC readers. The event is open to both Australian and New Zealand architects and particularly topical given the rebuild work generated by recent natural disasters.
I just love the poster obviously inspired by Napier's, post 1931 Earthquake, iconic Art Deco architecture and flight.
Australian Architects “Cross Ditch” for Conference
The NSW Country Division of the Australian Institute of Architects will hold its annual conference in Napier, New Zealand next month.
Running from 1-6 October, Across The Ditch will bring together Australian and New Zealand architects to discuss the need for regional cities and towns to retain their individual character and the alternatives to universal anonymous development in order to ensure their future viability.
With many recent natural disasters in Australia, New Zealand and other countries including Japan, the conference will also focus on how contemporary architects can respond to the challenge of creating new communities while maintaining their regional identity and without necessarily replicating the past.
Famous, perhaps infamous, for his work at BMW I first heard of Chris Bangle when the Fiat Coupe (right) appeared in the Nineties. In this video he talks about his career, design approach and process from his studio in Northern Italy.
I debated posting this on the CAD blog but it is a bit off topic. If you’d like to see how a 1980 Pininfarina Ferrari Concept car (now up for sale) led to a school tech drawing project which played a part in my career choice, and therefore (indirectly) led to this blog, click below: