"We are a collaborative research studio aimed at exploring, fostering and developing ideas that will shape the future of design and information technology."

The Design Machine Group @ UW

The Design Machine Group (DMG) is a multi-disciplinary collaborative research group open to students from several degree streams, including the Department of Architecture's MS, MArch, and BA programs, as well as students from the iSchool, HCDE, and CSE. Our aim is to explore and develop ideas with the power to shape the software, technology and conceptual paradigms at the intersection of digital technologies, design, and built environments. The projects developed in the DMG, including explorations in human-computer interaction, fabrication, ubiquitous computing, touch, and lighting, focus on demonstrating new ways of engaging this evolving situation. The DMG is located in G52 Architecture Hall.

Featured Project: Design Evaluator

Design Evaluator is a sketch-based environment that supports design evaluation about spatial organization in the early design stage. Design evaluation is an important part of the iterative design process. Therefore, a computational support for design that provides evaluation feedback will be useful. In the early stages of design, designers often use freehand drawing to represent their ideas and to generate design alternatives. An effective evaluation tool for early design should support freehand drawing. Design Evaluator has three main components: a sketch-based interface, a design evaluation advisor, and a display manager. The sketch interface of Design Evaluator supports design sketching, and ... Read More