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  esono.com is the personal web site of Boris Müller. Boris is professor at the Interface Design programme of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and a design consultant.



News from my blog:
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13. January 2017
In Defence of Intuition
In the last few years, design — and especially interaction design — has become more methodological. There are methods for all parts of the design process. For inspiration, ideation, interpretation, sketching, composition, building, evaluation, prototyping and implementation. Students like methods because they are fairly easy to learn and provide confidence. Clients like methods because they make the design process understandable and accountable. Furthermore, as design research is becoming more and more recognised in other academic disciplines, designers need to adapt to certain ways of writing and thinking about their work. If you want to publish the design of a new visualisation in an academic context, you need to adjust to the scientific expectations of the HCI community. {continue}


Interaction design is a weird discipline. It shapes our perception of digital technology. It makes complex digital systems understandable and manageable. It provides access to huge information systems. It allows people to participate in all kinds of online social activities. It defines the look and feel of soft- and hardware. It is a truly global design. And yet — it is not a popular subject of public debate. {continue}


7. January 2017
The Medium is Medium
I have started writing again - this time on Medium. I kind of like it as a reading environment and as a social network. We’ll see how it works out, but for now I am quite happy with the overall feedback and experience. {continue}


13. October 2014
Books are the new Horses
Books will die out. eBooks are the future. The pragmatic arguments for eBooks are overwhelming. Electronic devices are cheap. Storing text is simple - we can already download a huge amount of literature onto a single device. Schoolbooks can regularly be updated without the need to print them. They can be stored in the cloud - so you cannot loose them. The text display can be adjusted to your preference. You can easily search and annotate. Multimedia elements can be added and allow for a richer reading experience. And you no longer need to fell a tree in order to print a book. Books - in the sense of stacks of printed paper - will no longer exist in a few years. {continue}


A couple of weeks ago, I met up with friends and family for a beer. We had a chat about this and that. We even talked about physics and I got the opportunity to explain my naive understanding of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. We also talked about work. Some distant acquaintance asked me what I was actually doing. I started talking about the role of digital technology in our everyday life, the iPhone, data visualisation and Facebook. And I realised that it was easier to explain the Uncertainty Principle than to explain interaction design. {continue}


22. September 2014
A Map is not a Service
When developing new apps or new software products, designers often refer to the notion of »services«. The idea is that the software should have a clear purpose and help the users to complete a specific task. Conceptual and technical complexities should be hidden in order to give the users a pleasant and frictionless user experience. This works especially well when the parameters and the possible variations, that are taken care of in the background, do not have a great influence on the quality of the user experience. However, Maps and data visualisations have a completely different approach. {continue}


Popular projects:
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Poetry on the Road 2006

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Poetry on the Road 2010

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mæve - MACE-Everyville installation

Award winning projects:

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GED Viz
Information is Beautiful Silver Award, Category »Tool«, 2013 and
Deutscher Infografik Preis 2014

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Philips Dynamic Lighting Website
iF Award 2005, Communication Design

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Poetry on the Road (02)
Certificate of Typographic Excellence, Type Directors Club New York and
»100 beste Plakate«, among the 100 best posters in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 2002

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The Forest of Thoughts
Excellence Award at the 4th ACA Media Arts Festival Tokyo, 2001,

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Rund um den Domshof in Bremen
First Prize in the Students Category of the EuroPrix 2000,

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fragments
Special Distinction at the Lucky Strike Junior Designer Award 2000

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