18 - 20 June, 2020, Sydney, Australia

Session 1.4

Thursday, 18 June, 2020 | 03:20 PM

This Graph does not bring Joy – Cleaning Up Dynamo Workflows

John Pierson, Parallax Team
Design, Construction
Coding and Customisation, Computational Design
Autodesk, Open Source
Architects/Architectural Designers, BIM Leaders/Managers, Coders/Programmers, Draftspersons, Engineers - Structural, Modellers, VDC Coordinators/Manager


Large, confusing, messy Dynamo graphs suck. This class aims to show you how to make graphs that suck less.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how to properly document your Dynamo graphs for distribution.

2. Learn how to minimise the amount of nodes in your Dynamo workflow.

3. Learn how to demystify lacing, levels and list usage in Dynamo.


Placing node after node after node. Let’s face it, if you have been a Dynamo user for any amount of time you have probably seen some Dynamo graphs that are “less than perfect” and could use some cleaning up. You may have even created some of the graphs that need to be cleaned up along the way. Even if you aren’t a full-time Dynamo user you probably have seen the “spaghetti” mess that can come from using it. Frankly, there are a lot of Dynamo graphs out in the wild that simply, “Do not bring joy”, upon opening.

This class aims to demonstrate effective ways to clean up your Dynamo graphs for distribution to others. We will cover topics from which packages to use all the way up to what the heck lacing is. We will also observe some sample graphs that are less than perfect and cover key ways to optimise them. If you are a beginner user, you will leave the class with ideas on how to be better than okay at Dynamo. If you have been working with Dynamo for a while, there is still hope for you as well. So be sure to stop by and learn how to create Dynamo graphs that are faster, better and “bring joy” to others.



John Pierson

Parallax Team
Design Technology Specialist

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