The end of the week I spent mostly at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam visiting Bachelor and Master presentations. While I was a little bit disappointed by the Masters I saw 2 outstanding Bachelor projects. First one was Johannes Tornellos project »Meaningfull transitions« in interaction designs. Besides his thesis he launched his project under www.ui-transitions.com. Its more or less a library for user-interface transitions and a extensive bachelor project.
In his words: Meaningful Transitions have the purpose to communicate the process of the interaction and the structure of the user interface. They focus on specific events, or explaining the user’s interaction by animation. All transitions are clustered in 6 categories in order to differentiate the certain field of use. The aim is to present a scaleable collection of existing transitions. The transitions are documented in an abstract visualization to explain their purposes and filled with concrete examples. The close look at a transition offers the field of use, the mental model, the consistency, the cognitive benefit and the illusion.
Have a look – its worth it.
Bangalore – The Visual Language of a City
The second project I can recommend is the work of Anja Gollar and Mirko Merkel. Both are graphic designers and went to Bangalore for several weeks to document the life of the city in a photo-book and a second book full of infographics (+1 documentation book). Really a beautiful work with a lot of love for typography details and graphics. All books are manually handcrafted and limited to 5 examples (only) :(
I still hope that the produce some more of them or at least some of their infographic posters.