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Reviews of Geometric Shape Generator:

  • Rosanne Weiling Chien

    I like the idea of being able to use mathematics and mathematical equations to generate patterns. Patterns are generally visually stimulating, and doing each one by hand or having to copy and paste can be arduous. Thus, making equations could simplify this process. My only concern is the limitations that were provided in this talk. Granted that three dimensional is always interesting, I think it would be better, and perhaps more beneficial if we were given the choice of whether we want the design to be in three dimension or not. Also, I noticed that the user can only use the equations that are provided in the demonstration. It would be nice if they could input our own equations and then use them accordingly. This would give the user more flexibility as well as giving them the opportunity to be more creative. Of course, if the user does not want to be as creative, but rather would prefer to play and explore with the program, the provided equations would enable them to do so.

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  • Scott Brandon McDonald

    I thought the idea was good, but I think you could have done a better job of selling the idea. We need to know that it is useful in the design process. Show us an example of how your program would be involved and show us what a project might look like that incorporates the shapes. Another problem is how difficult it is to use and understand. A good place to start is with the variable names. For example, if increasing the value of 'x' makes the shape have more curves, name the variable 'curves'. Make up your own adjectives if you cannot identify what each variable does. If you make the program as easy to use and understand as possible, you will find that more people could find a use for it.

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  • Diana P Ayala

    Golnaz Mohammadi presentation was good. I enjoyed looking at all the pretty picture of architectural building which influenced her of creating GSG tool for designing. Although, when she went into explaining the coding of the process of her tool. I was completely confused. I thought having more visual then text of the coding would make the presentation more easier to follow of how she created the tool for designing. Overall, I still enjoyed her presentation.

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  • John Hilgeman

    I really like the variety of shapes and 3D form that come out of Golnaz's programs. I feel the next step is to define thier use to architects and designers. For example, could the 2D shapes be used to generate interesting facades? Could the 3D shapes be understood from an interior spatial perspective and transferred to a structural logic. Finally, is it possible to use structural elements and materials (instead of lines, dots, colors, etc.) as the base for generating the forms. In other words, could the rules of the program be based on the rules of structural design and the variables that are entered each bring up a new possible structural configuration. Methinks this would be a very valuable design tool to architects.

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  • Ethan Hilleary Whitesell

    I thought the programs you have created are great. They really allow you to manipulate formulas to generate different shapes. However, one thing I would like to see is a more user friendly program. When you were changing the equations to change the patterns and shapes, most of us did not understand what it was you were changing. A program that deals with more simple input values would help.

    I was particularly interested in the 3D program you created. However, the display does not render the shapes in three demension. A display that allows you to manipulate the viewing angles of the shapes you are generating would work much better for users.

    Al in all, I thought your presentation was good. You could use some work on your vocal skills(less "Um"s) and I also think that you should work on making these programs more user friendly. How can you make this into a package system that is easier to use and understand so that these shapes can applied to design?

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  • John Christopher Mayfield

    It took a bit, but once I understood the intended purpose of the Geometric Shape Generator I really liked it. The ability to easily create and manipulate a variety of arithmetically derived shapes and patterns could be a great creative tool. I especially liked the fact that Golnaz kept her goals reasonable enough that they could actually be carried out. The finished product will be a program, or plug-in that could be immediately and easily available for just about anyone to use. It may seem unspectacular to some, but it's better to have something complete that is useful than to set goals too high to finish.

    Work on the user interface, and on getting your point across in presentation. It probably wasn't necessary to demonstrate every single pattern. They're just examples, really.

    Nice idea. I hope to see this product completed.

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  • Ferdinand Laurino

    Mathematics and design cross each other path all the time to refine a concept and I believe each part doní»t exist without the other. The approach of using mathematical equation to generate pattern is a skillful approach to find inspiration and only a visual inspiration for now. I was not persuaded that the pattern software can benefit architect design directly. I caní»t perceive how this software which generates a random pattern and be automatically executed into the architectural that is being design. I needed more proof how this pattern software generator would benefit the design process. For example, as I generate a random pattern and place it into a 3d program as part of the structural application. Right now it is loosely base just generating a pattern that looks cool. I understand how pattern on architectural buildings enhance their presence but I believe architects made those decision base upon long meticulous in depth research compared to loosely exploring without restriction. Also, the software user interface has to be modified to make it more users friendly. I didní»t really understand which number affects what aspect of the pattern that is being generated.

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  • Eithon Michael Cadag

    It seems like there are a lot of interesting projects in the DMG that cover various aspects of design. It'd be pretty cool if there was a way of connecting these projects together e.g. use a 2D-to-3D application to render the mathematical plots into a real 3D model.
    To me, this dicussion was interesting in near-automatic design utilizing math formulae. It would be very worthwhile to plug a module into something like autocad or formZ that would allow the user to select a graph, render it into 3D, scale or distort or cut the model howevery they wish, and use it in their design process.

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  • Gregory Nathaniel Heasley

    I think this program has interesting possibilities. I would agree with the other reviewers, however, that it would be nice to have more equations or the ability to create your own with which to generate the three dimensional patterns. It would be interesting to see how a program like this might help configure a complex and repetitious curtain wall system eg. the downtown seattle public library.

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  • Julie Dawn Pravitz

    I feel as though the next step for this project is to create more user-flexible options. It seemed very limited to the number of geometric shapes available to the user. It would be great if the user could somehow create his or her own shapes/patterns that could be unique to his or her design.

    I thought it was quite interesting that geometric equations could result in different types of shapes and other 2-D shapes.

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