Welcome to Inside the Factory – a blog about designing the Revit user experience. I’m Tom Vollaro, Senior User Researcher with AEC Solutions User Experience Team at Autodesk. Myself and other members of the team will be using this blog as a way to connect with you, Revit users. This blog has two goals. First, we want to provide a window into how the Revit user experience is designed (a bit more on that later). Second, we want to establish a conversation with our users to improve the Revit user experience.
So what is the Factory? The origins of the term stretch back in time before Revit was acquired by Autodesk. Ask this question in the AUGI forums and you will surely get many different theories about the etymology of the term. In short, the Factory is us. It is the interaction designers, product designers, user researchers, software engineers, quality assurance analysts, technical writers, product managers, marketing staff and everyone that participates in creating Revit and getting it into your hands.
As for the blog header image you see above, this literally is an image from "inside the factory." This is an image of the lobby of our brand new Autodesk AEC Headquarters here in Waltham, Massachusetts. The model was created using Revit Architecture 2009 by our architects KlingStubbins and builder Tocci. The image was rendered by yours truly using the beta version of Revit Architecture 2010. So once again, welcome to the Factory!