CD Module 2320

Module code


Module title

Foundations of Designing III


Communication Design

Module type


Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and summer semesters


90 hours

Self-directed workload

150 hours

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Günther Biste

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will have gained an overview of the fundamental methods of analysis and visualizationof content and processes and will have practised a basic repertoire of diagrammatic visualization models. You will be able to methodically structure themed content and the development of trans-media concepts of information design. You will be familiar with the fundamental principles of the design of static, dynamic, and interactive information architecture and levels of communication. You will be able to design alternative concepts iteratively, to simulate and present design results, and to evaluate and develop different media concepts appropriately.

Module content

Overview of the history, terms, and theoretical foundations of information design: principles of cognitive information processing and knowledge organization in relation to the methods of visualization for communication via the media. Planning criteria for the appropriate execution of design projects in the areas of trans-media communication and exhibitions. Fundamental tools for diagramming: structuring, narrative concepts of visualization, communicating complex content and processes using illustrative techniques and data graphic models. Fundamental concepts of static, dynamic, and interactive forms of visualization and interaction for knowledge transfer.

Teaching units in this module

Visualization Models for Knowledge Transfer (4 contact hours)
Interactive Design (2 contact hours)

Module tutors

Prof. Günther Biste, Prof. Andreas Teufel

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, tutored individual and group project work


Project work, documentation, presentation

Teaching language


Prerequisite for

Recommended literature

Bertin, Jacques: Grafische Semiologie. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter 1974
Tufte, Edward: Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press 1983
Colin Ware: Information Visualization. Morgan Kaufmann 2004
Bonsiepe, Gui: Interface - Design neu begreifen. Mannheim: Bollmann 1996
Khazaeli, Cyrus: Systemisches Design. Reinbeck bei Hamburg: Rowohlt 2005
Bolter: Windows and Mirrors, MIT Press 2003
Moggridge, William: Designing Interactions, MIT Press 2007

Buchstabe I
Interdisciplinary working

Successful designers must master not only the foundations of their own field but must maintain close contact with people and ideas from other disciplines. Today new ideas and innovations are created at the common boundaries of different sciences and […]