| boris müller: Life Blog Projects Teaching & Research 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. I occasionally blog here and on Medium.

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My last essay “Bringing Design to Science” was an attempt to describe the relationship of design and science. I would like to build on the essay and explore this relationship further. Throughout the twentieth century, science has informed and inspired design. With the proliferation of digital technology, this relationship has changed. In many ways, design can now inform science. This fundamentally redefines the interconnection of design and science and it changes the role and responsibilities of both domains. {continue}

11. November 2017
Bringing Design to Science
While aesthetics were, and are, the focal point of design — science and engineering always played an important role in the history of design. Scientific discoveries led to new technologies, new materials and new social spaces. But it was engineering and design that made these technical innovations accessible and affordable to a wider public. So one could argue that design makes scientific progress visible and usable. {continue}

This essay is the sequel to a blog posting that I wrote more than two years ago. The subject is still relevant so it makes sense to re-visit the text and elaborate on the issue. My central point is that a lot of the current debate on data visualisation is not differentiated enough and is based on an antiquated idea of an “image”. {continue}

21. February 2017
Design in Four Revolutions
The progression of design is inextricably linked to the industrial revolutions. Interface- and Interaction design are the design disciplines of the third industrial revolution. In order to understand interface and interaction design, it is useful to look at the history of design - and at the history of industrial revolutions. Every single one of these revolutions had its characteristic technologies that changed social, economic and environmental conditions. And each revolution had its specific design. {continue}

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}

Popular projects:
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Poetry on the Road 2006

Poetry on the Road 2010

mæve - MACE-Everyville installation

Award winning projects:

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

Philips Dynamic Lighting Website
iF Award 2005, Communication Design

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

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

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

Special Distinction at the Lucky Strike Junior Designer Award 2000

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