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Revision as of 17:47, 28 April 2016

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 (every two weeks, with exceptions)
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

(the schedule may change)

  • 06.05 at 23:59 - deadline of WHS App Quantitative Evaluation
  • 09.05
    • MMD 05 - Mobile Guidelines
    • MMD 06 - Icon Design / Project Consultation
  • 23.05
    • MMD 07 - References & Writing / Project Consultation
  • 13.06
    • Students' Prototype Presentations - Older Adults
  • 20.06
    • Students' Prototype Presentations - Teenagers
  • 04.07
    • MMD 08 - Closing Lecture & Feedback
  • 31.07 - Deadline for the paper/essay: 23:59

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 https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/aachener-dom/id477737478?l=en&mt=8 (Student name) (Student name)
Speyer Cathedral Dom Speyer / Speyer Cathedral https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.i42.domspeyer&hl=en
(Tahira Sohaib) (Student name)
Hanseatic City Lübeck (Quarterquest) Altstadt von Lübeck https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.linkwerk.quarterquest.de.luebeck.luebeckAltstadt
(Student name) (Student name)
Hanseatic City Lübeck iTour Lübeck English https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tourias.android.guide.itour.luebeck_en
(Student name) (Student name)
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin Sanssoussi – The Park and its buildings https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/sanssouci-park-its-buildings/id541005815?l=en&mt=8 Ibni Amin (Student name)
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin Sanssoussi Palace Visitor Guide https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/sanssouci-palace-visitor-guide/id1018600219?l=en&mt=8 (Student name) (Student name)
Bamberg Old Town ShowMe: Bamberg https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.netzabdruck.showme_bamberg (Student name) (Student name)
Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg Quedlinburger FachwerkAPP – Das Welterbe City-Guide https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobincube.android.sc_G7IY2
(Student name) (Student name)
Völklingen Ironworks Freizeitführer Saarmoselle https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.de.eurokey.freizeitfuehrer.demo (Student name) (Student name)
Cologne Cathedral Der Kölner Dom https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.colognedigital.dom14
(Student name) (Student name)
Cologne Cathedral Kölner Dom für Kinder https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.colognedigital.KoelnerDomKinder (Student name) (Student name)
Cologne Cathedral Der Kölner Dom - Ein Hörführer https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.pausanio.koelner_dom (Student name) (Student name)
Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral (internet) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.colognedigital.dom15_e
(Student name) (Student name)
Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau The topography of modernism https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.mad.tdm Mariana Sanchez (Student name)
Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau Bauhaus Archive https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tonwelt.bauhaus


Laura Agudelo (Student name)
Museum Island in Berlin Museum Island Visitor Guide https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/museum-island-visitor-guide/id999419049?l=en&mt=8 Laura Graf (Student name)
Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar Wismar Tourist Guide https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arspublicaruegen.wismar


(Student name) (Student name)
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.geomobile.zollverein
(Student name) (Student name)
Upper Middle Rhine Valley Rheintour DE https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ams.dradda.rheintour
(Student name) (Student name)
Frontiers of the Roman Empire Virtuelle Limeswelten mobil https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.alpstein.alpregio.Limes (Student name) (Student name)
Frontiers of the Roman Empire Limes Mittelfranken Mobil https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mainlimes
(Student name) (Student name)
Frontiers of the Roman Empire Main Limes Mobile https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/main-limes-mobile/id446660434?l=en&mt=8 Kazi Fakrul Islam (Student name)
Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof Stadtführung Regensburg https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.smallworlds.cityguide
(Student name) (Student name)
Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps Palafittes Guide https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.applica.palafittes
Tatiana Zarta Md. Riazul Islam Khan
Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe Bergpark https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.softwarehauskassel.bergpark
Emre Ertem (Student name)
Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey Corvey https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.pausanio.schlosscorvey
(Student name) (Student name)
Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus Quarterquest Hamburg Speicherstadt, Hafencity und Landungsbrücken https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.linkwerk.quarterquest.de.hamburg.speicherstadt
Juliane Schwabenbauer (Student name)
UNESCO Germany Welterbe - Guide to Germany https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.everplaces.welterbe
Nana Kesewaa Dankwa (Student name)
UNESCO Germany World Heritage in Germany https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qizhi.worldheritagege Gabriel Tobar Pavel Karpashevich

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. 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

4. Methodology

5. Interface Design Guidelines for mobile platforms