ID Module 1320

Module code


Module title

Invention Design


Interaction Design

Module type


Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and sommer semesters

Studio workload

75 hours

Self-directed workload

165 hours

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Jörg Beck

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will have conceptual, design, and practical skills in the invention and early development of software products, processes, services, and tools and can design, visualize, and demonstrate their ideas by simulation and prototyping. You will have developed rhetorical and analytical skills to evaluate the function, quality, and utility of a design proposal.

Module content

Moderated research, analysis, and evaluation of products and services in the areas of telecommunications, information technology, media, and electronics. Planning, visualization, and presentation of concept scenarios. Concept and production of simulation and interaction prototypes. Usability evaluation.

Teaching units in this module

Invention Design 1 (4 contact hours), Simulation (1 credit)

Module tutors

Prof. Jörg Beck, Claudius Schulz


Module 1210, Foundations of Design II
Module 1220, Foundations of Interaction II
Module 1230, Interactive Communication Systems
Module 1240, Interface Design

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, exercises, tutored project work with individual working phases, workshop


Project work

Teaching language


Prerequisite for

Module 1410 and 1420, Iteration Design Project I and II
Module 1430, Technology

Recommended literature

Technologien; Kelley, Tom: Das IDEO Innovationsbuch: Wie Unternehmen auf neue Ideen kommen. Berlin: Econ, 2002.
Förster, Anja/Kreuz, Peter: Different Thinking! München: Redline Wirtschaftsverlag, 2007.
Burmester, Ralf: Innovationsmanagement. Von der Produktidee zur erfolgreichen Vermarktung. Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel Verlag, 2005.
Schnetzler, Nadja: Die Ideenmaschine: Methode statt Geistesblitz - Wie Ideen industriell produziert werden. Berlin: Wiley-VCH, 2004.
Brand, Steward: The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at M.I.T. England: Penguin, 1988.
Fenn, Jackie: Mastering the Hype Cycle: How to Choose the Right Innovation at the Right Time. USA: Harvard Business Review Press, 2008.
Reese, Joachim: Der Ingenieur und seine Designer. Berlin: Springer/VDI, 2004

Buchstabe D
Design Campus

Five days of trial studies are offered during each summer holiday period. Interested students can apply from late spring at