Syncing Calendar and Contacts between Mac and Android via OwnCloud

Syncing Calendar and Contacts between Mac and Android via OwnCloud

I've recently installed OwnCloud 9 to sync my calendar and contacts between my Mac and Android phone. I didn't want to use iCloud or Google anymore and OwnCloud promised to be a great alternative. The good news: it works really well. The bad news: getting the synchronization up and running is not always as straightforward as expected. I’ll share how…
OwnCloud 9 bei Strato installieren

OwnCloud 9 bei Strato installieren

Kürzlich habe ich OwnCloud 9 bei Strato installiert und bin dabei auf den folgenden Fehler gestoßen: Error while trying to create admin user: Failed to connect to the database: An exception occured in driver: SQLSTATE[HY000] [2002] Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2) owncloud strato Nach einigem vergeblichen Trouble-Shooting habe ich dann mithilfe der Strato FAQs festgestellt,…
A simple guide to use OSC in the Browser

A simple guide to use OSC in the Browser

In this article, I'll explain how you can send and recieve OSC messages with your browser. We'll use an open source app to send OSC messages from a smartphone to the browser via Wifi. A little background Open Sound Control (OSC) is a protocol for communication among computers and other multimedia devices. It can be seen as the successor of…
Social Network Vizualization using Facebook and Gephi

Social Network Vizualization using Facebook and Gephi

This is the visualization of my personal 'social network', based on my Facebook friends in early 2013. Each colored dot represents a Facebook friend and each line between two dots represents a connection. In other words, these people know each other. The bigger a dot, the more connections the person has within the network. The color indicates the number of…
Resonate Festival: Künstler, Nerds und Ćevapčići

Resonate Festival: Künstler, Nerds und Ćevapčići

Anfang April 2014 fand zum dritten mal das Resonate Festival in Belgrad statt. Drei Tage lang ging es um die Verknüpfung von Kunst und Technologie. Mein Arbeitgeber SinnerSchrader hat mir den Besuch des ungewöhnlichen Festivals ermöglicht. Schon bei den Workshops am ersten Tag wird deutlich, was das Resonate-Festival ist: ein Treffen für kreative Technik-Nerds mit ausgefallenen Ideen. Um eine Tischgruppe sitzen mehrere…
UI Pattern: Natural Language Form

UI Pattern: Natural Language Form

I recently did some research on a UI pattern called "natural language form" and got quite excited about it. Although those kinds of forms aren't exactly a new phenomenon, they're pretty rare. In fact, there isn't even a common name. Luke Wreblowski talks about a "'Mad Libs' Style Form", named after the popular US word game "Mad Libs". I like…

“MIDnight Circus” Exhibition 2013

Although the video above is already a couple of month old, it's still worth sharing! It provides some impressions of the media arts exhibition by the students of the Master's degree course "Media & Interaction Design" (MID -  hence the name) at FH Joanneum. The exhibition was held in February 2013 in Graz (Austria) and followed a circus theme. Me…
Wireframing for Mobile with Balsamiq

Wireframing for Mobile with Balsamiq

There are many wireframing tools out there. I've been working with Balsamiq Mockups for a few years now and it became my favorite tool for the job. The software is easy to learn, incredibly fast and offers just the right amount of functionality for developing wireframes and low-fi prototypes. Balsamiq's sketch-style controls help you to focus on content and interaction…
A Socio-Scientific View on the Slackline Community

A Socio-Scientific View on the Slackline Community

For a recent project I did user research on a somewhat special target group: slackliners. Beeing a slackliner myself, I already had some insights into the sport of slacklining and its community but wanted to base my work on a more scientific approach. This blog post is an updated version of a paper (which you can download as PDF) that…
Making-Of: Fortune Table

Making-Of: Fortune Table

Today, the German design magazine WEAVE features a short article on the Fortune Table. That's reason enough to write a blog post explaining some basics on how we created the multitouch project portfolio: Idea & Concept “Fortune Table” is a project portfolio based on a combination of a multitouch table and interactive tarot cards. Each card represents one person and…
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