Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test: Usability Methods in Practice

This seminar is about providing an overview of usability methods and introductory hands-on experience. To be able to conceptualize, design, implement and test human-centered IT systems, methods are important. We will work on and try out different methods for conceptualizing, analyzing and evaluating user data in an interactive workshop format. The goal of the seminar will be to publish the developed materials online as an open-access toolkit.

For example: Persona, Customer Journey Map, Thinking, Aloud, Paper Prototyping, Storyboard, AttrakDiff, Wireframing and many more.

This seminar will take place at Fab Lab Siegen. (Herrengarten 2, 57072 Siegen)

More information can be found on unisono.


Introduction to 3D Printing

The rapid prototyping can is a valuable tool in design processes. 3D printing can provide opportunities to create conceptual, haptic prototypes quickly and inexpensively. Objects can be evaluated with users and in the field.

But what exactly is 3D printing? How does it work? Is it even feasible for your projects?

Possible topics could be:

  • FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling)
  • SLA (Stereolithography)
  • SLS (Selective Laser Sintering)
  • CAD/CAM Applications (Modelling and slicing)
  • Materials science
  • 3D printing in times of Corona
  • Further suggestions for topics are welcome!

This seminar will take place at Fab Lab Siegen. (Herrengarten 2, 57072 Siegen)

This is a hands-on seminar that requires physical attendance.

More information can be found on unisono.


Prototyping in the Internet-of-Things

The Internet of Things is evolving incredibly fast due to falling hardware costs and pervasive Internet connectivity (5G). Applications range from small sensors that record environmental information to multisensory applications that combine sensors with actuators to control physical processes.

There are a variety of open-source, easy-to-use hardware and software platforms (e.g., Arduino) that have made microcontrollers and electronics accessible to the general public. These platforms can be found in a variety of devices such as 3D printers, quadcopters and robots. These devices follow the trend of adding more and more networking and communication capabilities and are pushing into Internet of Things applications.

In this seminar, we will introduce prototyping in the Internet of Things. Here we focus on the Arduino programming language. We start with the basic structures of an Arduino program and the most important programming instructions like conditions or loops. Furthermore, we go into advanced microcontroller-specific programming patterns such as interrupts and show how the microcontrollers used can communicate to the Internet via WiFi. The fundamentals of electrical engineering are also taught. Beginning with electrical voltage, current and resistance and ending with their relationship to each other. Based on these fundamentals, students will create example circuits in which students connect electrical components (sensors and actuators), read sensor data, process the data, and control actuators with microcontrollers.

This seminar will take place at Fab Lab Siegen. (Herrengarten 2, 57072 Siegen)

This is a hands-on seminar that requires physical attendance.

More information can be found on unisono.