Virtual Center — IXDS / FHK

Virtual Center — IXDS / FHK

In the summer of 2012 i was working as a design and technology lead for IXDS. During that time i was involved in the development of the Virtual Center for the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

The projects aim was to build a platform for international scientific collaboration. Due to a large and heterogenous target audience we incorporated a series of user centered research methods into our iterative workflow cycles. A special objective was targeting the multi cultural research community. Therefore we looked into cross-cultural design research and got users from all over the world involved into our experiments and user testings.

Early paper prototyping

Early paper prototyping.

Cross-cultural user testings

Cross-cultural user testings


Semantic differential on graphic styles

Semantic differential on graphic styles

We conducted multiple iterations of paperprototyping in early concept phases to refine information and interaction architecture before going into development. Those tests did not only help us to fine tune our drafts, they also gave us more insights into our target audiences. It helped us for example learn more about their expectations and technological skills.

To find the appropriate design language for an international research community we conducted several experiments, for example semantic differentials on color and illustration styles.

If you want to find out more, go and read more on the IXDS project page.