Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything, but some segments of the general public are not yet aware of that. The things that people make using Autodesk software range from the very small to the very large.
The Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco celebrates design — the process of taking a great idea and turning it into a reality. With about 60 different exhibits regularly on display that showcase the innovative work of Autodesk customers, the gallery illustrates the role technology plays in great design and engineering. Autodesk Gallery Ambassadors conduct gallery tours as a sideline to their day jobs. The tours provide ambassadors with opportunities to practice public speaking in front of small groups. Autodesk Gallery Curator, Jason Medal-Katz, chose the title, ambassador, instead of docent because the correct way to address an ambassador is "your Excellency." Alas, this never happens.
Another thing that Jason did years ago was come up with the idea for our Powers of Design exhibit. From April 11, 2013, to June 24, 2013, I blogged about this exhibit by covering one item per blog post. Each item was 10 times bigger than the previous one. It culminated with this blog page that allows you to visit any one of those blog posts to learn more about an item:
Thanks to the Autodesk Gallery team for the descriptive text for those blog posts.
Jason's inspiration for this exhibit emanated from the Eames Office Powers of Ten™ video published in 1977:
Autodesk has always been an automation company, and today more than ever that means helping people make more things, better things, with less; more and better in terms of increasing efficiency, performance, quality, and innovation; less in terms of time, resources, and negative impacts (e.g., social, environmental). This is true independent of the size of the thing being imagined, designed, and made.
The Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a guided tour on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm and a self-guided audio tour available anytime. Admission is free. Visit us.
Size is alive in the lab.