GEM-NI: A System for Creating and Managing Alternatives In Generative Design Inproceedings

Loutfouz Zaman, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger, Christian Neugebauer, Robert Woodbury, Maher Elkhaldi, Naghmi Shireen, Michael Terry

Abstract:

We present GEM-NI - a graph-based generative-design tool that supports parallel exploration of alternative designs. Producing alternatives is a key feature of creative work, yet it is not strongly supported in most extant tools. GEM-NI enables various forms of exploration with alternatives such as parallel editing, recalling history, branching, merging, comparing, and Cartesian products of and for alternatives. Further, GEM-NI provides a modal graphical user interface and a design gallery, which both allow designers to control and manage their design exploration. We conducted an exploratory user study followed by in-depth one-on-one interviews with moderately and highly skills participants and obtained positive feedback for the system features, showing that GEM-NI supports creative design work well.

Date of publication: Apr - 2015
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