This website documents a design project on physical communication at the University of Applied Sciences in the summer of 2015. We were wondering about the relationship of our bodies to the way we perceive information.

You can read more about the ideas and thoughts behind this project here.

Prof. Ralph Ammer
University of Applied Sciences Munich, 2015


Talk to me by Elena Bauer
This project started as a research on the near impossibility to communicate with plants. If we can’t communicate, can we nonetheless design things with the help of living plants?

Right or Wrong? by Alena Deisenhofer
How can we use our haptic senses? How can they be altered – or manipulated? Your eyes will not be able to tell the differences between these objects. You will need your hands to feel them.

Out of reach by Cornelia Gruber & Elena Keller
On the basis of knowing people in a very advanced state of Parkinson’s disease, we initially explored the topic. Our goal was to put people we know in the centre of our research and therefore set the basis for a meaningful product development.

Failure / Success by Philip Junk
As a result of many failed experiences with edible gummy, I developped a typography, that describes an insight: failing goes hand in hand with succeeding.

Patina by Benedikt Kaul & Tobias Lugmeier
Based on its outer appearance we can tell whether an object is old or has been used a lot: it grows a patina. Do virtual representations kill this beauty of physical things?

Can we talk? by Zuzana Liptáková
A pair of objects used to pass information about time availability between partners in a long distance relationship. The aim is for both partners to set the time, when they are available for the other each other.

Consciously doing nothing by Daniel Parnitzke
This work is about “consciously doing nothing”. The aim was to find a shape for an object which helps the mind to focus. The project visualises the process I went through with various models and experiments.

Sonar by Jonathan Ravasz
Exploring environments and objects via haptics has always been a natural and intuitive part of the learning process. Tactile information helps us to build a mental model of the objects we interact with.

Hyper reality by Petra Ritzer
News from different kinds of channels influence and even shape our perception. “Hyper reality” analyses news stories on related topics and filter there out similarities, which direct our point of view. Theses archetypes are interpreted in self-building sculptures.

25/03/15 by Felix Scholder
This project is about transfering time to an object. I tracked the time I spent on different activities during the 25th of March. Each activity is compiled into a rectangle etched into a copper plate.

Time Perception by Felix Scholder
This project is about displaying different time perceptions through different materials. Every day I made cubes out of some organic and inorganic materials and placed them on a timeline.

Conversation Cards by Regina Schröter
Learning the Spanish language myself I have been meeting with a Spanish student, who learns German, to improve our conversation skills. The deck of cards which I developed in this project encourages and supports such Spanish-German “tandem partners” when learning each others language.

Wiremap by Elisabeth Wagner
This project is about trying something out. I want to experiment with a spatial display. Based on a technological approach I want to create a platform for various visual experiments.