ID Module 1230

Module code


Module title

Interactive Communication Systems


Interaction Design

Module type


Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and sommer semesters

Studio workload

120 hours

Self-directed workload

150 hours

ECTS credits


Module leader

Prof. Hartmut Bohnacker

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will be able to analyse any area of knowledge, structure it didactically and prepare it for an interactive context while considering the necessary design, visualization, image design, and simulation tools. You will know how to work up, represent, and discuss such a communication system in a group. You will be familiar with the compositional and technical parameters of photography and will be able to apply these to transfer knowledge. You will be able to develop simulations and prototypes in order the test the didactic and methodical quality and the interaction logic of the system.

Module outcomes

The design and development of communication systems especially for transmitting information in museums, exhibitions, and trade fairs. Basic forms of interaction and media-specific design questions, information architecture, visualization of information and data, utilization of text, images, and animation, simulation and prototyping. Photography is analyzed as a core area and method of producing images and recognized as a universal visualization tool. Introduction to the history of photography, genres, and individual photographers

Teaching units in this module

Interactive Communications systems 1 (4 contact hours)
Simulation 1 (2 contact hours)
Photography (2 contact hours)

Module tutors

Roger Walk, Andreas Martini, Oliver Jung


Module 1120 Foundations of Interaction I
Module 1130 Foundations of Visualization
Module 1140 Foundations of Design

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, exercises, tutored projects


Seminar paper, working progress, project results, presentation, documentation

Teaching language

German (English)

Prerequisite for

Module 1310, Application Design
Module 1320, Invention Design

Recommended literature

Hickethier, Alfred: Ein-mal-Eins der Farbe. Ravensburg: Otto Maier, 1969.
Itten, Johannes: Kunst der Farbe. Ravensburg: Otto Maier, 1970.
Albers, Josef: Interaction of Color. Köln: DuMont 1997.
Küppers, Harald: Farbe. Ursprung, Systematik, Anwendung. München: Callwey, 1972.
Zwimpfer, Moritz: Farbe. Licht, Sehen, Empfinden. Bern; Stuttgart: Paul Haupt, 1985.
Critchlow, K. Order in Space: A Design Source Book. New York: Viking Press, 1970.
Bohnacker, Hartmut, et. al. Generative Gestaltung. Mainz: Hermann Schmidt, 2009.
Dahm, Markus: Grundlagen der Mensch-Computer-Interaktion. München: Pearson, 2006.
McCandless, David: Information is Beautiful: The Information Atlas. London: Collins, 2009.
Tufte, Edward R.: Envisioning Information. Cheshire: Graphics Press, 1990.
Tufte, Edward R.: Visual Explanations. Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. Cheshire: Graphics Press, 1997.
Tufte, Edward R.: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Cheshire: Graphics Press, 2001.
Saffer, Dan: Designing Gestural Interfaces: Touchscreens and Interactive Devices. O‘Reilly, Sebastopol, 2008.
Jost J. Marchesi: Handbuch der Fotografie. Gilchingen: Verlag Photographie, 2006.

Buchstabe G
Gmünd Model

The Gmünd Model describes the combination of design foundations, science-based learning and working, methodological competence, professional knowledge, and themed project work. It gives our students and graduates a high degree of professional succes[…]