Central Oregon-based architect and inventor, Mark Burginger has long enjoyed the creative process. Currently designing custom homes, houses of worship and commercial structures from his office in Bend Oregon, using ArchiCAD, Burginger keeps busy maintaining relationships with a variety of San Diego firms.
Burginger has held positions in the graphic design and architectural fields for many years, so it is no surprise that he’s the driving force behind a toy company he founded, called Qubits.
“Being an architect automatically makes you a creative person,” explained Burginger. “It was the building block toys in kindergarten that helped me choose my career. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing something you created out of your imagination become a reality.”
Burginger harnessed that creativity and gave life to Qubits, geometric building blocks. He designed the toy in ArchiCAD, making use of what he knew about building design to create a plaything that would teach children about basic principles of geometry, structure, form and building.
The toy creation was essentially an outlet for Burginger’s creative drive. A self proclaimed “modeling nut”, Burginger says 3D modeling is something he truly enjoys doing. “The toy is related to my passion, architecture. the BIM movement and the changes in ArchiCAD and architecture help me put my creativity to good use. I have freedom to design in my spare time. It is fun and challenging at the same time.”
The first version of Qubits was featured on ABC’s inventors-meet-investors reality show, “Shark Tank” and a 2.0 version of Qubits is currently seeking investors on Kickstarter – a site that helps entrepreneurs find support for their ideas or pre-sell items to fund a production run of the product.
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ABC producers learned about Qubits soon after the toy launched in Oregon in 2007. It received local press coverage and Burginger produced and sold a small first run of the product. Not long after the toy was available online, Burginger agreed to appear on the show. While none of the Shark Tank investors were interested in Qubits, Burginger managed to close a deal with Discovery Toys which had been in the works before the show aired.
Are they the Lincoln Logs of this century? Only time will tell, but now that a second version of Qubits is created, Burginger is hoping to see the idea take off in time for the holiday toy-buying season. While he has high hopes for Qubits 2.0, he realizes there is a certain amount of luck involved in launching a successful product.
“I love what I do. I know that it is a challenge, but I definitely see the value of it.”
We know ArchiCAD users are super creative, like Mark, let us know how you use your creativity outside of building design?