Design as a Structured Process?

I have a Love/Hate relationship with design method frameworks, these diagrams and flows showing what happens afters which step in a design process: »Human Centered Design« or »Design Thinking« to name two.

Human Centered Design Cycle
Human Centered Design Cycle

Design method frameworks provide an overview of the process and give suggestions of …

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Sketchy Theme for Prototyping in Code

A major problem of  prototyping in code is that the prototype may be mistaken for a (nearly)  finished product and that the focus shifts from the interactions towards colors and fonts.

Some mockup tools (Pencil, Balsamiq) provide sketchy stencils to create mockups which look not finished. I tried to recreated …

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Audio-Recordings of Interviews: Indispensable or Nice Supplement?

Reading in the literature on Interviewing almost everybody recommends audio recording as well as additional video. Nevertheless I wondered how important these recordings might be especially considering that some people never learn to value a user centered design process if they find their first steps too tedious.

So: Is it …

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Open Source Social Research

I rely mainly on open source Software. I would use proprietary software as well but I think open source has  some advantages:

  • to be able to just install software on several computers
  • being able to share data with a team easily.
  • ease the entry: nobody is enthusiastic about trying something …
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little hack

When shopping in my local supermarket I always wondered about one thing at the checkout: The cashier was always pushing one of these separation-bars back, along the movement direction of the conveyor belt. It seemed tedious: after a few movements of the belt the separation-bar was at the belt’s …

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Brainstorming: it sucks (says science)

Brainstorming is a rather well known Method for generating ideas. The participants generate as many as possibly ideas without judging the ideas.  Since Osborn introduced it in his work »Applied Imagination« it is in use and its rather popular [1] and part of the design thinking approach [2].

But already …

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learning with videos

I love to use (and to contribute) to free educational resources. It was and is a big trend to use videos as a ›modern‹ way to get information across. There are quite a lot of these online. Since some time, you can download lectures from several (high-class) universities, later on …

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security and usability: message encryption

Recently I began to do a bit of research on security and usability in order to make it a little project for students to work on. I was well aware that the most secure system is not effective if people can't use it and that security (lets say: a very …

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