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1 March at 5pm CET: Winners revealed ➜ Register

Designers

Manuela Muschalski

Year

2024

Category

New Talent

Country

Germany

School

Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd

Teacher

Matthias Held, Gerhard Reichert

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Three questions to the project team

What was the particular challenge of the project from a UX point of view?
One of the greatest challenges was to develop a solution that could be understood on multiple levels. By levels, I mean considering the user's knowledge base and their ability to recognize and understand graphical or haptic interfaces. The aim was to design the product as inclusively as possible without turning it into a one-size-fits-all solution. Therefore, it was challenging to distill the core elements and functions from a highly complex and extensive digital working environment without causing an information overload.

What was your personal highlight in the development process? Was there an aha!-moment, was there a low point?
My personal highlight in the development process was during the testing phase with the sensor elements, where I was able to generate actual sound changes and realize the numerous parameters that could be altered. However, this was also a challenge - maintaining the potential for various features without immediately integrating them. The aha-moment was suggesting a modular product concept; a setup needed by beginners may not be required by advanced users. It's a product that grows with acquired skills and can be integrated into existing work environments.

Where do you see yourself and the project in the next five years?
While the bachelor thesis couldn't delve into specific details, there's potential for expanding various functionalities. Points for future consideration include exploring how the detachable control panels can be customized and whether there's a platform allowing users to tailor their product kit to their skill level. The project aims to promote the growth of users' expertise and potentially their integration into more professional work environments. Users could register on a community platform and list their existing setup (purchased product modules). At the same time, the platform could facilitate the exchange of unwanted modules between users and the acquisition of new ones, thus promoting reuse and sharing among the community.