Course MD601

Interaction Design (3 blocks)

Media Exploration in cooperation with the research group mbody and Furtwangen University

DEADLINE: May 26th Final Presentation with German students

Prof. Fetzner, Bernd Dudzik, Katja Wahl

Monday 10:30 in C3 122

"Das Gedächtnis ist keine Sache des Rückblicks, sondern es ist da,
um Voraussagen machen zu können.
Heinz v. Foerster

This cross disciplinary course is aiming to describe how we interact with computers and interfaces through our bodies. Starting from the usage of a chair we have a closer look on how we physically adopt to media. Which role does our body memory play in these processes?

The course will start with an introduction in recording the body language and patterns by traditional hand drawing. We will then experiment with spatio-temporal media tools like the software Collab iStream which is developed at Furtwangen University by students under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Taube. This tool allows to set cue points in multiperspective recordings. We will use it to analyse the usage of the small interactive devices which are produced in the course MD 602 Media Installation.

In a one week workshop from May 26-31 with fellow students from Furtwangen University and dancers we will analyze recordings of action patterns.

The results of the course are preliminaries for an international symposium about Transcultural Forms of Body Memories in Media in Cairo 2011. Some of the works could be exhibited in the end of the year exhibition at Cairo Opera House.



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Group 1 Perihane Ahmad, Omar Gaafar - Automata

Group 2 Christine Ramez, Menna Mostafa, Nora Kahil - Transforming Mirrors

Group 3 Rana Mansour, Aisha, Nahla Hesham Boshra - Elements of Interaction Design

Group 4 Mostafa Emad, Salma Abd El-Baki ,Perihane Ahmad - Navigable Structures

Group 5 Sherif Bishara, Ehab Medhat, Omar Gaafar - Elements of Interaction Design

Group 6 Yasmin Kandil, Engy Allam, Salma El Alfy - Elements of Interaction Design

Group 7 Yasmin Shehab, Ghada Fikri, Mahmoud Kamel -The Invention of Media

Interactive Advertisment by Monster Media

Dancing Queen, Interactive Media Installation by students at Furtwangen University, 2008

Course Outline

This course will focus on broadening the perception of what Interaction Design means and how it is applied. The students will develop a historical and theoretical perspective of Interaction Design in order to be able to approach current and future developments. The course will evaluate the role of Interaction Design in society, how it keeps influencing and augmenting our lives.

Learning Outcome, Competences

Provides an introduction to Interaction Design from a user centered perspective. The course covers topics as accessibility, design patterns, interaction principles, requirements analysis, I/O devices etc. It deals with the interaction between people with products, information and situations through electronic media and information technology as central components.


  • David Rockeby, Transforming Mirrors, 1996
  • Paul Dourish, Where the Action Is, MIT Press, 2004
  • Bill Moggridge, Designing Interactions, MIT Press, 2007
  • Dan Saffer, Designing Gestural Interfaces, O'Reilly Media. 2008
  • Dan Saffer, The Elements of Interaction Design, UXmatters, 2006
  • Marshall McLuhan: The gadget lover, the telephone, Automation, in Understanding Media, MIT Press, 1994 (1964)
  • Wolfgang Taube: Collab iStream (in German)
  • Bernd Lintermann, Nick Haffner: timelapses, 2004
  • Dag Svanaes: Understanding Interactivity, 2001

Body Motion Studies by Étienne-Jules Marey

Special References for this course