The generating fact for this entry is a need I feel with complex grasshopper designs. I apologize in advance if this subject has been dealt with before or if a solution exists.
In my case, a complex design is a design with linked grasshopper components where, at a certain stage, I forget the geometrical meaning behind components. The geometrical “meaning” is not its definition (for instance circle, or list, or …) but its meaning within the whole design. For instance a “Merge” component might mean “the unit shelve of the library”.
To better manage my lack of memory for the meaning of component, I tend to add:
- “scribble” component, grouped with the component, with the literal meaning of the goal of the component (“unit shelve of the library”)
- a “panel” component, where I output the component, in order to grasp its meaning
- image of the geometrical output of the component in Rhino, taken at a stage of the development
All those cognitive scaffolders are not satisfying:
- The “literal” meaning demands a cognitive translation from the literal meaning to the geometrical meaning.
- For the image output, this is frustrating since you need to capture the output in Rhino and then paste it in Grasshopper. Also, the image represents the output at a stage of the development. You do not see the “up to date” geometrical translation.
How could a dedicated component in the grasshopper talk directly to my brain (graphically) the meaning of related component?