Prototyping for Doomsday
Instructor: Jesús Velázquez
Credits: 6 ECTS, 4 SWS
Capacity: max. 10 students
Language: English
Date: Attention! Date Change: Mondays 17:00-20:30
Location: Online
First Meeting: 11 May 2020

BISON Course ID: 320110029


Since March 2020, we’ve seen how the maker community has come together to work on a common goal: develop and produce solutions to one of the main issues caused by a pandemic: shortage in medical and protective supplies. Several ready-to-print designs for masks, respirators and the like have been released to the world through digital platforms. These supplies are being donated to hospitals, doctors, supermarkets and private companies which are still open to the public, covering essential needs.

Taking this situation as inspiration, students in this course are expected to develop ideas, designs, experiments, proof of concepts and/or prototypes which could help in different emergency situations. Gadgets, tools, disposables, devices, solutions.

Imagine you are to #stayhome for an indefinite period of time, due to a global catastrophe, but you still have:

- Basic tools and materials.
- A 3D printer or other rapid-prototyping technology.
- A computer with Internet access.
- Time.

What are you going to build?

Admission requirements

Concurrent enrollment in another IFD[[IFD:Start|Interface-Design]] course offering, or with instructor permission.

Registration Procedure

In addition to the enrollment via the BISON portal, candidates are required to send a PDF portfolio including one page motivation letter, stating your interest for the course, current competences and background at: jesus.velazquez[ät]uni-weimar[dot]de


Successful completion of the course is dependent on regular attendance, active participation, completion of assignments, delivery of a relevant semester prototype and documentation. Please refer to the Evaluation Rubric for more details.

Eligible participants

MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Medienkunst/-gestaltung, MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Media Art and Design, MSc MediaArchitecture

Platforms and Tools

Primary Synchronous Conferencing:
Cisco Webex

Contingency Synchronous Conferencing:

Syllabus (subject to change)

11 May 2020 / Week 1

Course Organization
Administrative Housekeeping

18 May 2020 / Week 2

Students ideas - short presentations
Survival kits
Brainstorming, paper-prototypes, intro to rapid-prototyping