To: Generative Design, Subject: An open letter to express….

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JUST KIDDING, I WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT TO SHARE SOME SOLUTIONS TO A FEW OF MY PAIN POINTS WITH GENERATIVE DESIGN IN REVIT 😉

if that is of interest, feel free to keep reading. if you came for an open-letter to generative design, you can find that here

For those of you who follow me on twitter, you have probably noticed me testing out Generative Design in Revit (GDIR). I actually prefer to call it GDIR because I still don’t love the term “generative”

With the latest releases, the team has added a number of features that have fixed some of my initial complaints.

This includes fixes for:

Helping you “remember” where to place the remember node.

Better UI with explanation of what needs changed in your graph.

This video demonstrates the features pretty well.


With that all being said, since I have been spending more time in GDIR, I have found the need for nodes to visualize this stuff in cool ways. This has led to me creating a few nodes to help with this (as dyfs) 2021-05-13_10-18-20.png

First, just looking at numbers is boring. Why not use a smiley face instead? 20210506-generativeVisualizer.gif

Next, the Dynamo Text package from the Dynamo team is awesome, but I wanted more options (centered text and comic sans as a font), so we have that now.

Finally, color ranges in Dynamo are awesome, but getting colors from them that are visually distinct, sucks. So now there is a node for contrasting colors that simply sucks less. 20210511-contrastingColorRange.gif

Well, that is it so far for the nodes. I will add more as I find things that I need/want. Go check it out now on the package manager and on the Github. Because yeah, it’s open source ya’ll.

✌ have fun!

-johnP


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