Programming Electronics

Can we design digital products and services without knowing how code and how electronics work?


Why not?

Several reasons:

1. We need to get an understanding of what is doable and what is not. Otherwise we’re losing touch with reality. We don’t want to lose touch with reality.

2. We want to be able to communicate with technicians. We want technicians to respect… and maybe even like us. And we meet them half way by showing love and respect for their craft.

3. Most importantly we need to think in systems. Computers are a system based medium. Learning how to code and construct electronics fosters a certain structural thinking which is of vital importance for designers. No matter if we design with or without computers, whether we design services, exhibitions, objects or books: We need to be able to structure and understand the context of our subject and embed it accordingly.


So here we go:

Day 1 – 14.4.2015

  • Getting started
    • Unpacking the Arduino-Kit
    • Arduino Software
  • Electricity basics
    • Voltage
    • Current
    • Resistance
  • LEDs
  • Working with the breadboard
  • Buttons
  • Digital vs. Analogue
  • PWM

Day 2 – 17.4.2015

  • Transistor Relais
  • Motors
  • Potentiometers and Sensors
  • Serial port – Part 1
  • Building circuits
    • Cables
    • Plugs
    • Soldering
    • Shrinking hose
    • Circuit board

Day 3 – 28.4.2015

Day 4 – 8.5.2015

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