Playing with Creativity and ArchiCAD

Playing with Creativity and ArchiCAD
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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.

Mark Burginger, Qubits Inventor

Mark Burginger, Qubits Inventor

“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.”

Qubits 2.0

Qubits 2.0

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.

Preview of Shark Tank Show:

Qubits

Qubits

View the full episode.

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?

6 Comments

  1. I agree. I work with Archicad 17 years. I know well.

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  2. Ok, I don’t know how I ended up here, but I am here. O’wait! I was trying to see if qubits.com domain is available because it is related to quantum computing, and I end up here. I don’t have the domain, but watched your SharkTank episode and I am impressed with your story. I will do my small part and get your qubits construction kit today from Amazon.com and put it in my 6 and 8 year olds hands who I know can’t get enough of legos.

    Also, I have one piece of unsolicited advise, if you will. Try and see if you can stir-up some interest, some excitement in the social media space about this. Believe it or not, social media has a reach that no other retail channel can offer you. Invest your time in getting the word out in social media, earn some influencers as friends and you may achieve your dreams.

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  3. Mark,
    Don’t ask me why, just one of those things you do when you’re our age…but googled you as I wondered what ever happened to you. Wow, Kudos dude to your success. I’ll look you up on twitter.

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    • I hope Mark sees your comment, glad the blog helped you find him!

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  4. I just want to know where is the best place to buy a set for my grandchildren….???
    Do you have your own website to purchase from or best to go to Amazon or where?
    Please let me know.

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