Spaces of the Possible: The role of tools in design
The disciplines of design have always been characterized by the tools available to them. In contemporary design, such tools are largely provided in the form of computer-interfaces, designed to help their users to perform their everyday design tasks more quickly and more efficiently. They ensure the feasibility and usability of the design results by introducing standardized formats.
While such tools, due to the advantages they bring with them, have become an indispensable part of today’s design practices, they simultaneously put limitations on the design-process: When applying such tools, designers go from authors to operators. The tools handle design problems from fixed perspectives and set the available degrees of freedom within which the design work can unfold.
In my research work, I reflect, from the perspective of an interface designer, on how design-tools affect the design work and argue for a more deliberate approach to the creation and use of such tools and the models they are providing.
|Since 2021||Student employee UX Designer at SAP|
|2019 – 2021||Academic employee frontend developer Internet der Dinge at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd|
|2017 – 2019||Student employee UX Designer at Mercedes Benz|
|Since 2017||Doctoral candidate at KHM Köln|
|2017 – 2018||Lecturer at Merz Akademie Stuttgart|
|2013 – 2016||Master of Arts in Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien with focus on New Media at Merz Akademie Stuttgart|
|2013 – 2016||Student employee and freelancer UX Designer at Fraunhofer IAO|
|2011 – 2014||Bachelor of Arts in Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien with focus on New Media at Merz Akademie Stuttgart|
|Since 2011||Freelancer interface designer|
|WiSe 2020||Project Week „Thinking inside the Box – Building VR escape-rooms with web-technologies“ at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd|
|SoSe / WiSe 2020||Term course „Invention Design II“ at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd|
|SoSe / WiSe 2020||Term course „Technisches Grundlagenprojekt IoT“ at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd|
|WiSe 2019||Term course „UX in Anwendung“ at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd|
|SoSe 2019||Project Week „Programming Users – Automating Interfaces with Python“ at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd|
|SoSe / WiSe 2018||Term course „Data Storytelling“ at Merz Akademie Stuttgart|
|SoSe / WiSe 2017||Term course „Information Visualisation and User Interfaces I“ at Merz Akademie Stuttgart|
- Tools and methodology
- Philosophy of technology
- Algorithms and aesthetics
- Creative coding