The computer as a thinking tool

Introducing the Action Verb Generator

Premise: we can shift the computer away from being a tool for merely executing ideas towards something that helps generate them. I made the Action Verb Generator to conceptualize how this could be done. It spawns live iterations of a concept, in real time, as the concept is developed.

The generator in action

Inspiration came from Ellen Lupton’s discussion of action verbs in her book Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming.


Open Sourced

This project was programmed in Nodebox. You can download the files from the Action Verb Generator v0.1 public repo.

View more examples of image outputs below.

Playing with Typography
Playing with simple geometry
More geometry deformations
How a simple smile can create more ideas for visual metaphors.