Constrained Writing with Blockly

by Tina Quach for CMS.609 Word Made Digital

In this project, I aimed to explore how the Blockly visual programming interface can be repurposed to create constrained writing experiences. I created custom blocks using text pulled from a transcript of Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye's spoken word performance of "An Origin Story".

Click here to check out the result.

The program enforces the following constraints: I'd like to build on this project by allowing users to input their own texts, and giving them a constrained writing experience that draws from that body of text. This could use semantic analysis to determine what block shapes would make sense for representing specific words and phrases.

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