Midjourney Creation Rooms Test


Midjourney has just rolled out Creation Rooms starting with the 10k Club on the Alpha website. Since I have created over 10K images, I have early access. Notes from David below.

Cool things about the rooms prototype
It has text chat and voice chat
Text is separated from images so creation doesn’t affect chat
You can make images together or just see only your own (filter buttons on top)
You can easily drag images into chat to talk about them
You can resize the chat / image columns by hovering then dragging on the space in-between them

What are the goals goals of this test?
We want to see how many people we can squeeze into a room until it starts breaking down / feeling uncomfortable
We want to see what sort of things work good / bad in the new UI
(since it’s different from Discord and anything else out there)
To get high level ⁠alpha-ideas-and-bugs from community

Some high level plans right now around rooms as context
We plan to make it so anyone can create both public and private creation rooms on the website
There will be a lobby of public rooms and the ability to directly link to private rooms
As we watch the rooms today we’ll be thinking about opening it up to the 1K club next to add more people
We might create more rooms if one gets too crowded / frenetic
After watching a small number of rooms for a bit we’ll open up creating rooms on your own

Richard Horowitz, Musician Composer, RIP


A few days ago, I found out that Richard Horowitz was no longer with us. It was so sad and shocking to hear this. RIP, dear Richard. Said Leghlid and I interviewed Richard twice on Worldstreams Radio several years ago. This is one of those interviews which features some of his music. He also speaks about his friendship with one of my favorite writers, Paul Bowles. Richard was such a fascinating person who I greatly admired. Listen to an hour with Richard. Listen to Richard Horowitz on WorldStreams 2010

Happy Nowruz


Happy Nowruz and the first day of spring! Nowruz is the Persian New Year and has been celebrated since ancient times. Spring begins tonight at 11:09 PM New York time.

Does AI contribute to the blandification of design?


Image Creation: Dari – Midjourney v5.2

AI’s impact on design, particularly in terms of aesthetics and creativity, is a topic of ongoing discussion.

The term “blandification” suggests a concern that AI might lead to a homogenization or simplification of design, potentially making it less innovative or unique. Here are some key points to consider:

AI can be used to automate certain design tasks, such as generating templates, layouts, or color schemes. While this can improve efficiency, there is a risk that relying too heavily on AI-generated design elements could lead to a lack of diversity in visual aesthetics.

On the other hand, AI can enhance design by enabling personalization at scale. For example, it can analyze user preferences and behavior to tailor designs to individual tastes. This can make design more engaging and relevant to the end-user.

AI can serve as a creative tool for designers. Designers can use AI algorithms to generate new ideas, explore different design options, and push the boundaries of traditional design. It can be a source of inspiration and innovation.

The use of AI in design should also take into account ethical and cultural considerations. AI algorithms are often trained on existing data, which can embed biases and lead to designs that reinforce stereotypes or cultural insensitivity.

The most effective approach might be a collaboration between human designers and AI. AI can assist in design tasks, offering suggestions and automation, while human designers bring their creativity, critical thinking, and cultural awareness to ensure that the design is both visually appealing and culturally sensitive.

In summary, the impact of AI on design can vary depending on how it is used and integrated. While there is a concern about “blandification,” AI can also be a powerful tool for enhancing creativity, personalization, and efficiency in design. The key is to strike a balance between AI-driven automation and human creativity and oversight to ensure that design remains both aesthetically pleasing and culturally relevant.