IFD[[IFD:Start|Interface-Design]]: Mobile Media Design - SS16

Mobile Media & Cultural Heritage

Lecturer: Joatan Preis Dutra
Credits: 6 ECTS, 2 SWS
Date: Mondays, 14:30 - 16:45h
Venue: Marienstraße 7b, Room 106
First meeting: 18 April 2016


This course is designed for media students who are interested in an introduction about how the mobile media are present in our society, and how it interacts with public urban spaces, and how it can be related to cultural heritage content, through mobile devices gadgets.

Nowadays, mobile technology is present on most part of people’s daily life and belongs to the people’s routine.

If the technology can bring the world in a small scale of a mobile screen by enhancing the museums and galleries possibilities, the portable technology can also add elements to the real world, changing the perception of urban spaces and its cultural heritage content. There are no more limitations about space, neither about the opening hours to provide to the visitors a complete and empowered cultural experience.

A mobile App could also work for ICT for tourism, and Weimar is a perfect applied scenario to develop touristic apps, dealing with UNESCO’s World Heritage places in Weimar.

This course also has an important practical part, where the students will learn Mobile Interface guidelines, developing a mock-up app prototype for UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in Weimar.

This course is an invitation to theoretical and practical perspectives to observe mobile media and in urban scenarios, addressed for cultural purposes. It is a methodological and creative approach to analyze the mobile media role for cultural heritage.

IMPORTANT: You don't need previous knowledge in Android, iOS or even any type of programming skills. This class is more focused on the design and navigation aspects.

Target Group

Master students in the Faculty of Media / Faculty of Art and Design

  • Media Art and Design, MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree
  • MediaArchitecture
  • Media Management
  • Computer Science and Media
  • Media Culture

(Bachelor students are welcome, despite the class will be in English)


The course and activities will be held in the English language.

Registration Procedure


Please send your application by email with:
* Subject: MobileMediaDesign-SS16 to: joatan.preis.dutra (at) uni-weimar.de
* Name (Family Name), Surname (Given Name)
* Program and semester (Studienprogramm und Fachsemester)
* Matriculation number (Matrikelnummer)
* Valid email address @uni-weimar.de (no other mailing addresses will be accepted) Why?
* Country of Origin (for course statistics)

For any other e-mail exchange, please use [MMD] at the beginning of subject.


  • 60% Presentation of the app prototype (photoshop, html, etc)
  • 40% submission of a short paper (3 to 5 pages, ACM or APA Style)

- Participation on side activities will reflect on the final grade.

Schedule and Files

  • 06.05 at 23:59 - deadline of Home-Task 1: WHS App Quantitative Evaluation
  • 20.05 at 23:59 - deadline of Home-Task 2: Icon Suggestion
  • 20.06
    • Students' Prototype Presentations - Older Adults
  • 27.06
    • Students' Prototype Presentations - Teenagers
  • 31.07 - Deadline for the paper/essay: 23:59

App Project

Project Consultation

23.05, after the course "MMD 07 - References & Writing ",
the project consultation is around 5 to 10 minutes per student (optional attendance, not mandatory),
in the following order (for those interested, please write your name bellow):

  • Juliane
  • Leonardo
  • Khan
  • Adnan
  • Laura Graf
  • Laura Agudelo
  • Mariana Sanchez
  • Gabriel Tobar
  • Muhammad Raisul Islam

Project File / PechaKucha

The presentation will follow the PechaKucha model: 20 slides-images x 20 seconds each.

The file delivery should follow:

  • File Name: MMD_Prototype_FirstnameFamilyname.pdf
  • File Format: PDF
  • Deadline: one day before the presentation, at 23:59
  • The file should be uploaded on the list bellow (preferably), or sent by e-mail with the topic [MMD] Prototype

The PowerPoint model for PechaKucha presentation is available at

Project Presentation

20 June - Adults

27 June - Adults (Previously arranged)

27 June - Teenagers

Home Tasks

Home Task 1: Evaluation of Apps for World Heritage Sites in Germany

UNESCO World Heritage Site list: http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/de

List of WHS Apps in Germany
World Heritage Site's Name App Name URLuniform resource locator – a human readable web address which is looked up by the →DNS and translated into an →IP Address(s) App Evaluation
Aachen Cathedral Aachener Dom [iOS official link ] (Student name) (Student name)
Speyer Cathedral Dom Speyer / Speyer Cathedral [Android official link]         
[iOS official link ]
Tahira Sohaib Ibrar Ahmed
Hanseatic City Lübeck (Quarterquest) Altstadt von Lübeck [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
Gabriel Tobar (Student name)
Hanseatic City Lübeck iTour Lübeck English [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
Nguyen Thien Chinh Yasar Naci Gündüz
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin Sanssoussi – The Park and its buildings [iOS official link ] Ibni Amin Emre Ertem
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin Sanssoussi Palace Visitor Guide [iOS official link ] (Student name) (Student name)
Bamberg Old Town ShowMe: Bamberg [Android official link ] (Student name) (Student name)
Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg Quedlinburger FachwerkAPP – Das Welterbe City-Guide [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
(Student name) (Student name)
Völklingen Ironworks Freizeitführer Saarmoselle [Android official link ] (Student name) (Student name)
Cologne Cathedral Der Kölner Dom [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
(Student name) (Student name)
Cologne Cathedral Kölner Dom für Kinder [Android official link ] (Student name) (Student name)
Cologne Cathedral Der Kölner Dom - Ein Hörführer [Android official link ] Viorel Morari (Student name)
Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral (internet) [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
Adnan Asim Nikolay Kolyada
Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau The topography of modernism [Android official link ] Mariana Sanchez Artola Darshan Patel
Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau Bauhaus Archive [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
Laura Agudelo Muhammad Raisul Islam     
Museum Island in Berlin Museum Island Visitor Guide [iOS official link ] Laura Graf (Student name)
Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar Wismar Tourist Guide [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
Rana Al-Kadasi (Student name)
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein App [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
(Student name) (Student name)
Upper Middle Rhine Valley Rheintour DE [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
(Student name) (Student name)
Frontiers of the Roman Empire Virtuelle Limeswelten mobil [Android official link ] (Student name) (Student name)
Frontiers of the Roman Empire Limes Mittelfranken Mobil [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
Shahbaz Ahmed Fahad Ur Rehman
Frontiers of the Roman Empire Main Limes Mobile [iOS official link ] Kazi Fakrul Islam (Student name)
Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof Stadtführung Regensburg [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
(Student name) (Student name)
Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps Palafittes Guide [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
Tatiana Zarta Md. Riazul Islam Khan
Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe Bergpark [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
Leonardo Costa (Student name)
Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey Corvey [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
(Student name) (Student name)
Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus Quarterquest Hamburg Speicherstadt, Hafencity und Landungsbrücken [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
Juliane Schwabenbauer      (Student name)
UNESCO Germany Welterbe - Guide to Germany [Android official link ]
[iOS official link ]
Nana Kesewaa Dankwa Natalia Martínez
UNESCO Germany World Heritage in Germany [Android official link ] Pavel Karpashevich (Student name)

Home Task 2: Icon Suggestion

Find a 'problematic' Icon/Sign and propose a modification/substitution


References - Selected Readings

1. Digital / New Media

2. Mobile Culure

  • Pachler, N., Bachmair, B., Cook, J., & Kress, G. (2009). Mobile Learning: Structures, Agency, Practices. Springer. ISBN 978-1-4419-0584-0
  • Poels, K., de Kort, Y., & Ijsselsteijn, W. (2007). “It is always a lot of fun!”: exploring dimensions of digital game experience using focus group methodology. Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Future Play_: November 14-17, 2007, Toronto, Canada (pp. 83-89). New York N.Y.: ACM. Retrieved from http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1328202.1328218
  • Ronchi, A. M. (2009). eCulture?: cultural content in the digital age. Dordrecht; London: Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-75273-8
  • Samkange-Zeeb, F., & Blettner, M. (2008). Emerging aspects of mobile phone use. Emerging Health Threats Journal, 2. doi:10.3134/ehtj.09.005. Retrieved from http://www.eht-journal.net/index.php/ehtj/article/view/7082/7947
  • Straubhaar, J., LaRose, R., & Davenport, L. (2011). Media now: understanding media, culture, and technology (7th ed.). Boston MA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-1-4390-8257-7

3. Icon Design

4. Interface Design Guidelines for mobile platforms

5. Urban Spaces

  • Brighenti, A. M. (2010). New Media and the Prolongations of Urban Environments. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 16(4), 471-487. doi:10.1177/1354856510375528. Retrieved from http://con.sagepub.com/content/16/4/471
  • Champion, E. (2011). Playing with the past. Springer-Verlag New York Inc. ISBN 978-1-84996-500-2
  • Eckardt, F., & Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. (2008). Media and urban space: understanding, investigating and approaching mediacity. Berlin: Frank & Timme. ISBN 9783865961426 (Read online at http://openisbn.com/preview/3865961428/)
  • Hannerz, U. (1980). Exploring the city: inquiries toward an urban anthropology. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-2310-8376-8
  • McQuire, S. (2008). The media city: media, architecture and urban space. Los Angeles Calif.: Sage. ISBN 9781412907934

6. Methodology