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Title (alt): The Core
Lecturer(s): Michael Markert, Vertr. Professur Interface-Design
Credits/SWS: 18 ECTS, 12 SWS
Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Course Language: English
First meeting: Thursday, October 20, 10:00 am Subject to Change!
Venue: Marienstraße 1b, Projektraum 201 (Note that it's Marienstraße "one", not "seven"!)

  • Thursdays, 10:00 to ~16:00 h
  • Tuesdays, 13:30 to 18:00 h for individual 30 min consultations

Description (EN)

This semester, we're getting to the Core of Things.

We will be working on individual projects and create something connected that has a hardware component. The main objective is to create a working prototype, a proof of concept or a partial realisation. In order to complete this task in the short amount of time, it is essential to get to the core of the project.

Every participant or team has to report their project progress every week, as we're taking a look at various strategies how to focus and refine. We will look at creative strategies, efficient design and (soft- and hardware) prototyping processes, creating moodboards and embedding our works in a theoretical and/or scientific framework.

Teams and interdisciplinary groups are welcome.

The expected outcome should be one of the following:

  • a scientific paper submission for a conference
  • a documentation for an artwork to be commissioned or exhibited at an arts competition or festival

Every student/team also has to:

  • scribble in a notebook (daily)
  • have a blog / tumblr / facebook / whatever / wall of inspiration, updated weekly
  • collect papers and websites with Mendeley (or similar referencing software), updated regularly
  • have weekly (brief!) presentations: about research topics, previous works, ongoing progress

Course Methods

  • presentations
  • workshops
  • discussions
  • team collaborations
  • digital platforms (collecting and presenting)
  • e-learning tools

Description (DE)

Der Kurs findet auf Englisch statt, siehe englische Beschreibung


  • Creative Thinking
  • Concept development
  • Scribbling & Notebooks
  • Moodboards
  • Research
  • Inspiration
  • Context & theoretical framework
  • Methodologies
  • Focus
  • Tools & Technologies
  • Workflows
  • Time Management
  • Self Organization
  • Prototyping
  • Rapid Development
  • Presentations

Admission requirements / Voraussetzung zur Teilnahme an der Veranstaltung

  • see Registration Procedure

Registration procedure / Anmeldung

Please come to the first meeting at Marienstraße 1b (note the "one", not 7b!) on Thursday. If there are more than 25 Students, there might be a selection process and participation cannot be guaranteed. You will be granted access to class preferably if (in this order):

  • you're working on a Master-Thesis at the chair of Interface Design
  • you are in one or more accompanying Interface-Design Fachmodule
  • you have a project idea that you want to actively work on

Eligible participants / Zielgruppe

Master students enrolled in the Faculties of Media, Art & Design and MediaArchitecture


Termine des Semesters

  1. 20.10.2016, 10:00: First Meeting, Marienstr. 1b, Projektraum 201
  2. 27.10.2016: Creative Thinking
  3. 03.11.2016: Sketching and Scribbling
  4. 10.11.2016: Prototyping
  5. 17.11.2016: Electronics
  6. 24.11.2016: Research
  7. 01.12.2016: Software and Debugging
  8. 08.12.2016: Theories and Frameworks
  9. 15.12.2016: Midterm Presentations
  10. 22.12.2016: -
  11. 12.01.2016: tba
  12. 19.01.2016: tba
  13. 26.01.2016: Making great presentations
  14. 02.02.2016: Final Presentations (maybe at the IFD Showreel, to be announced)
  15. 02.03.2016: Final Submission


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