Media Computing Project, SS 2009


Weekly Deadline Tuesdays 23:59.


Times: Wed 14:00 - 17:00
DateTalk TopicAssignment
08.04.2009no lab (CHI 2009)
15.04.2009Introduction, project distribution, group composition Get to know your project
22.04.2009Field Information Gathering Techniques Web Log, Users/Tasks
29.04.2009Task Analysis Expert Review Tools Expert Reviews on Task Analysis
06.05.2009Analyse Existing SystemsConduct survey and user test
13.05.2009Prototyping TechniquesStoryboards, Paper Prototype
20.05.2009Free WorkInteractive Prototype
27.05.2009Free WorkPrototype Evaluation
03.06.2009no lab (Exkursionswoche)
10.06.2009no lab (Studieninformationstag)
17.06.2009Free WorkWork on final prototype
24.06.2009Free WorkWork on final prototype
01.07.2009Free WorkWork on final prototype
08.07.2009Free WorkWork on final prototype
15.07.2009Final Presentations
Schedule is subject to change

Research Theme

We will bring usability into existing opensource projects.
Despite the design challenge you will gain real-word experience in working with "customers".

projects: FileZilla, Mplayer


  • find current problems in the UI
  • find new designs to enhance the usability
  • convince the developers that your design helps the users


  • prototypes (30%)
  • evaluation reports (30%)
  • web log (20%)
  • 6 page summary (10%)
  • final presentation (10%)

Interesting Links

Recommended Reading

  • Floyd Fowler: Improving Survey Questions
  • Hugh Beyer and Karen Holtzblatt: Contextual Design
File Description File size Downloads Last modified
0 Intro.pdf   6867 kB 4114 2009-04-21 18:29
1 Field Gathering Techniques.pdf   968 kB 4005 2009-04-22 11:29
2 Task Analysis Tools.pdf   101 kB 3553 2009-04-29 12:52
3 Analyze Existing Systems.pdf   444 kB 7002 2009-05-06 13:48
4 Prototyping Techniques.pdf   324 kB 4090 2009-05-13 13:23
5 Interactive Prototype.pdf   26 kB 3670 2009-05-20 13:09

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