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Images have the power to convey messages in striking and memorable ways. Although constructing visual messages is currently too hard for computers or novice users, by combining the intelligence of people and computers we can create compelling visual messages computationally. In this talk, we present VisiBlends, a flexible workflow for creating visual blends that follows the design process with steps involving brainstorming, synthesis, and iteration. An evaluation of the workflow shows that (1) decentralized groups of people can generate blends in independent microtasks, (2) co-located groups can collaboratively make visual blends for their own messages, and (3) VisiBlends improves novices’ ability to make visual blends.
We discuss how to decompose other complex tasks so that people and computers can collaborate in generating novel, useful and creative solutions to problems.