Sketchplorer: A mixed-initiative tool for sketching and exploring interactive layout designs

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Abstract

This workshop paper discusses our mixed-initiative approach that enables designers to rapidly sketch and explore interactive layout designs. Although optimisation methods can attack very complex design problems, their insistence on precise objectives and a point optimum is a poor fit with sketching practices. Typical optimisation tools also fail to incorporate the human in the loop. Sketchplorer is a mixed-initiative sketching tool that uses a real-time layout optimiser. It automatically infers the designer's task to search for both local improvements to the current design and global (radical) alternatives. Using predictive models of sensorimotor performance and perception, it generates suggestions that interactively steer the designer towards more usable and aesthetic layouts without overriding them or demanding extensive input. While this position paper summarises our work from the mixed-initiative perspective, further details can be found in the original publication [4].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the CHI'17 Workshop on Mixed-Initiative Creative Interfaces co-located with ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017)
EditorsSebastian Deterding, Jonathan Hook, Rebecca Fiebrink , Marco Gillies , Jeremy Gow , Gillian Smith, Kate Compton , Memo Akten
PublisherRWTH Aachen
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWorkshop on Mixed-Initiative Creative Interfaces - Denver, United States
Duration: 6 May 20177 May 2017

Publication series

NameCEUR workshop proceedings
Volume1907
ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073

Workshop

WorkshopWorkshop on Mixed-Initiative Creative Interfaces
Abbreviated titleMICI
CountryUnited States
CityDenver
Period06/05/201707/05/2017

Keywords

  • Design tools
  • Mixed-initiative
  • Model-based optimisation
  • Sketching
  • Visual layouts

Cite this

Todi, K., Weir, D., & Oulasvirta, A. (2017). Sketchplorer: A mixed-initiative tool for sketching and exploring interactive layout designs. In S. Deterding, J. Hook, R. Fiebrink , M. Gillies , J. Gow , G. Smith, K. Compton , & M. Akten (Eds.), Proceedings of the CHI'17 Workshop on Mixed-Initiative Creative Interfaces co-located with ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017) (CEUR workshop proceedings; Vol. 1907). RWTH Aachen. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1907/8_mici_todi.pdf