Designing with Data

Exploring Data as Material in the Design Processes

Exploring data as Material in Design Processes

Together with design master students of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, I explored ways to use data as material in design processes. The participants of the workshop were given different talks to ideate, prototype or validate with data. The outcome was very diverse and gave me new aspects to refine the workshop format as well as my research.

Project Type
Workshop Format


The idea

Based on a workshop format from the DIS2016 the idea behind the workshop is to explore how designers handle a certain amount of data(complexity). The tasks are broadly designed and take place in different stages of the design process.

The tasks

Around 20 students were divided into three groups. Group one ideated about a data set from the open data program of the city of berlin, to create new ways to benefit potential users. The set showed the application rate of the City of Berlin from 2009. Group two prototyped applications/services in the field of “At home” based on user data. Group three searched for new ways to validate a planned design decision in urban planning. The example was a planned "Visitor and Information Center of the German Bundestag ".


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Thomas Otto is a User Experience Designer in Berlin, Germany. As an experienced designer he is working on digital projects in the fields of user research, interaction design and data strategy.