Ready to kick it off again…

It’s a new semester! It’s a new course! But still the same :). Let’s start with a first exercise: Style Tiles. We had to create a style tile for our idea in the field of citizen science we had last semester. As our application is dealing with dialects I decided to be very natural and traditional. Therefore, I followed the nature. You can see this representation in the chosen colors.

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Citizen Science

Every person in an everyday situation can be a scientist. Modern technology like smartphones allow everyone to collect data concerning a specific field of investigation. This is the approach of Citizen Science. My concepts for a mobile application seizes on this motivation as the following notes show:

The app is called CityCleaner

  • The goal is to find dirty public places or full dustbins
  • Make the city clean!
  • MA48 (in Vienna for example)
  • based on GPS-Locations
  • Every city has people that are responsible for the cleanliness
  • collected data show places to clean next
  • In addition, a picture of the place can show the extent of the mess
  • frequent notifications can lead to more frequent cleansing
  • collected data can show a cleanliness profile of the city and highlight areas that should be focussed

What is good typography?

Finding an example of good typography was really hard for me. For me typography is good when it does not attract attention (unless it should attract attention). So I struggled with the decision whether a font is good or just appropriate… or is it the same? :)

The example in the picture includes the cover of the book “Er ist wieder da” – a satire and bestseller by Timur Vermes –  and shows how the position, the font, the content and the context can tell a story that everyone understands, even with just a few words.



This week we had to choose something that is well-designed. I chose my little Gyrotwister – a little training device.

I think the Gyrotwister is an example of good design because everyone underestimates it at first. It uses simple physics (like centrifugal force) to unleash a force up to 15 kilograms. Did you expect that? In addition, it does not need any power source or batteries. It is a gadget that uses plain physics to keep running. As one can see, there is a band made of rubber around it. This makes sure, that one does not loose the tool when spinning it. As this training tool is very small, it fits in every pocket and can be used everywhere.

Yet, there is something that is not that intuitive as it could be. It is not easy to get the Gyrotwister started. This requires a special technique as the training tool has no power source. The red lace can be used to get the initial spin.


Hybrid sketching

Today I tried to extend my design approach from yesterday. I made a hybrid sketch of my touchscreen interface for my stove that combines a photo with sketched elements of the new interface.

On the left image there is an interface that allows the user to change the temperature with a simple slider. In addition, one can set an individual timer for each hot plate. There is a timer alert on hotplat B in the sample.

The right picture shows an unlocking mechanism like we know it from our smartphones. It can act as a child safety lock.