Mon 13.07 — Introduction to Interaction Design

After our inspiring trip to Skype it’s time to think about relatively new profession — Interaction and UX designer. It’s new, it’s trendy, it’s everywhere… You would be performing as one during our next two weeks, so it’s time to pop the question “Who on Earth is it?!”

Let’s find out:

Homework / Tue 14.7

Think of a general, “raw” problem(s) that you can relate to and that you would like to work on during this course.

Be ready to verbally pitch-describe it/them tomorrow (1-2 min).

Why are we doing this?

  1. We will discuss and frame these problems together.
  2. Some of the problems will be selected for workshop’s team work.
  3. Teams will create a prototype of a digital solution for the selected and refined problem.

Supporting questions

Few questions to help you to outline a problem statement/an idea. You do not need to answer all of these questions or come up with a solution yet! It’s just something to inspire your creative thinking

  • How the problem currently occurs?
  • What happens now, precisely?
    • How?
    • When?
    • Why?
    • In what environment/context?
  • Do you think other people have experienced this same thing?
    • How this problem make people feel?
    • How would they go about it?
    • Is there a workaround?
  • If there is some sort of solution…
    • what is annoying, irritating, bad… in it?
  • If money and technology would not be a problem, what would be an ideal solution?


“I often find myself frustrated about what to do with my car; I have no idea when to take it to repairment or where it could be done fast enough… etc.”

Some photos from today’s Skype visit:

Mon 13.07 — Trip to Skype

Our first week will start next Monday with visiting Skype, which was created in Estonia and still makes our country very proud.
We will visit Skype office, listen to the people who work there and hear a little bit of their success story. You will be able to ask questions about software development, design, prototyping and get answers from the top notch professionals.

Our time of the visit is 13.07.2015 (Monday) at 9.30am.
I propose to meet in front of an entrance at 9.15, get to know each other and walk straight in. Skype building looks like this, only less depressing during the summer 🙂
The address is Akadeemia tee 15b and trolleybus stops nearby are named “Mustamäe” and “Keemia” (either way a bit of walking), it is reachable by trolleybus No.3. Route starts near Kaubamaja (big shopping mall in the centre of the city, trolleybus stops are next to the Kaubamaja “old” building) and then gets you right to the place. You can also use taxi or busses no. 23 or 24A.

More information on Tallinn transportation is available here.
If you think you are lost, call my cell 55662048 and we will figure something out.

30.06 — TSS 2015 is only two weeks away!

Time indeed flies fast and I am very excited to start a new page for Tallinn Summer School 2015, Experimental Interaction Design course!

As our course goes I will publish here Lecture updates with slides and other materials used during our classes, some useful links for reading in your free time, photos from our lectures and many other things connected to our two-week course.

Also, feel free to contact me via this blog comments or e-mail and ask any questions you might have.

Looking forward to see you all very soon!


Tue 29.7 – UI, Logo and Poster Design


In the next two days:

  1. Create a basic medium-fidelity prototype, test it, make needed changes. Deadline 31.7, 10:00.
  2. Create a project logo and a poster. Deadline 30.7, 13:00. 

Today we are going to start with graphic design part of our course and create a logo for your application as well as poster for upcoming presentation of the projects, which will take place on Thursday, 31st of July.

Poster specs

  • Size: A3, portrait or landscape 29,7 x 42,0 cm
  • 3mm bleeds
  • Ideas for the content (use some or all):
    • Project name
    • Project logo
    • Prototype screenshot
    • Main concept / idea
      • What problem were you solving?
      • What were the goals?
      • Main problems and solutions
    •  Team
      • Who did what
      • (Photos)
    • Roadmap
      • What did you during the workshop?
      • What approaches (e.g. persona) did you used?
    • Photos from the process (e.g. usability testing)



Those two things will also help to decide on colour palette and graphical style of your future application’s User Interface. Logo presentation can be found here:

And here goes graphic design presentation:

Day 10: Final Presentations and TV-Tower Trip

Today we had final presentations and all teams did great!

The amount of work they managed to do in only 10-days period was quite impressive and all applications have promising future ahead if they will be developed further.

Once everybody had posters (Taxi Price Calc, PrezziesFinder, My Bus Stop App) and certificates in their hands we moved to the fun part of the course — Tallinn TV Tower Trip! You can tell we had some amazing time just by looking at the photos below 🙂

Day 8: Finishing me-fi prototypes

Today all three teams were concentrated on finishing up their me-fi prototypes and as well started with composing posters for final presentation.

Tomorrow is a big day: we’re finishing posters and sending those to be printed out and also getting the projects tested in the wild! All three teams have to go outside the classrooms and find a person who knows nothing about their application, in order to check if there’s any problems with usability or UI in their application. 


Day 7: UI Design and posters

On Tuesday we’re continuing with polishing prototypes using and starting to compose posters for presentations as well as thinking about visual side of the projects — User Interface and overall aesthetics.

10 Graphic Design Tips for Non-Designers

As well as about logo and project’s identity.

Logo Design in 7 Steps.