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Seminar: Future challenges and trends in HCI - Sketching User Experiences


Harald Reiterer


Florian Geyer





Block Seminar


19.04. 17:00 (D432), 15.05. 10:00 (Y310), 17.07. 10:00 (C422)


Novel ways of interacting with computers and smart devices commence major challenges to interaction design practice. The increasing number of different form factors and a trend towards natural interfaces and user experience design introduce an unprecedented variety of possible designs. This new complexity requires for a better integration of creative design techniques into the development process. An elementary form of expression in traditional design disciplines is sketching. It allows visualizing envisioned concepts in a quick and simple way. The seminar will introduce the participants into creative techniques of sketching for interaction design. Therefore, several techniques will be discussed and practiced using real-world scenarios in the context of novel automotive infotainment systems. Therefore, a representative from the German automotive industry (Mr. Bohrer, Audi) will be available for introducing participants to the major challenges of this design domain and for providing feedback on the presented designs. Eventually, participants will investigate various methods in detail, reflect upon their application and document their results in short summaries. The seminar will be organized in three main meetings:

  • Introduction (Prof. Reiterer and Mr. Bohrer, Audi) 19.04.2012, 17:00, C421
  • Research Plan Presentations (each participant of the seminar, Feedback from Prof. Reiterer and Mr. Bohrer, Audi) 15.05.2012, 10:00, Y310
  • Final Presentations (each participant of the seminar, Feedback from Prof. Reiterer and Mr. Bohrer, Audi) 17.07.2012, 10:00, C422
Between these main meetings each participant will meet regularly with his or her individual advisor (Prof. Reiterer and members of the HCI group). The advisors will give feedback on the chosen sketching techniques, their appropriation and on produced design artifacts.






Participants will have to present their work within two presentations as well as a collection and summary of their design artifacts (one-pager & shoebox). This is a hands-on seminar which means that participants are expected to work independently on practical projects that will be presented to the other students during the course. The results of the research conducted during the seminar will eventually be documented in form of a collection of design artifacts.

  • Oral presentations
  • One-page documents describing each idea
  • Collection of design artifacts (shoebox)


The seminar is based on these two books that complement each other:

  • Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right DesignBill Buxton. Morgan Kaufmann (2007)
  • Sketching User Experiences: The WorkbookBuxton, Greenberg, Carpendale, Marquardt. Morgan Kaufmann (2012)