Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)

I started to work for Windows Phone in 2010 shortly after its release. The next version of Windows Phone will be available soon. The release is called ‘Mango’  and I was the lead designer on Photo & Camera experiences.

This is how the new Pictures hub looks like in Mango (with some of my favorite pictures from my trip to Japan)

People Centric photos

Our goal for Mango was to make the camera and photos experience more people centric. So we created a new people view in pictures that shows photos of the important people in your life as well as all your friends photo albums.

The people view integrates with the new group functions in Mango. It creates photo albums for each of your groups. So you can see your families photos all in one view.


Face Detection

We also wanted to make it easier for you to tag your friends. So we integrated face detection. Face detection runs automatically when you start an upload to a social network. That way is super easy to tag your friends:


Beta: Flickr Explorer for Windows Phone

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Flickr explorer is a simple app that search pictures around you. The idea is that you define your own kewords. For my example I chose “architecture” and “streetart”.

I started working on this app last week and making progress fast. It’s fun to play with the Flickr API and trying to get the best results. But this is only the first step. What I really want to create a is a meaningful travel app. I had this idea for a while, because I always get so frustrated when travelling. I don’t want to buy a paper guide book. But there is hardly any good companions for my mobile devices either. Also services like Yelp don’t work outside the US.

So Flickr photos nearby is almost done, and for the next version I want to experiment with adding geo located Wikipedia articles and matching them with Flickr photos. Also I would like to do some trend analyses on the Flickr content to see what is popular in the area to give the user some search suggestions. I have some more ideas… lets see ;)


Update July 21:

Flickr Explorer is now open for private beta!

If you’d like to test it, please send me your Windows Live ID and I’ll add you to the beta programme.

Img news reader for Windows Phone

I’ve been with Microsoft for over a year now. After my graduation in June 2009 I started to work for the Kin team and when Kin was discontinued I transfered to the Windows Phone 7 team. The Mobile Studio design team is amazing and I really think we are doing something new and exciting here. I was also really impressed with the developer tools and how easy it is to write apps for Windows Phone. So I started to create my own app – img news reader. It’s more an exploration of the tools and also the very first time I actually build software that is not only a prototype. its a visual news reader, for your blogs or other rss feeds.

click button to download this app for your Windows Phone:

Img is a visual news reader. Add your blogs or any other news source, and it will extract all images. Img is great for browsing design, architecture, art and photography blogs.


It’s all about the content, fullscreen pictures, no compromise, no chrome.

Nexight – Master Thesis

Nexight is the name of  my Master Thesis in Interaction Design at Umea Institute of Design, Sweden in close collaboration with Philips Design, Eindhoven. Nexight is a design concept for the radiologist reading room. My idea was to bring Natural Interactions to the radiology department.

Multitouch/multiscreen interface:

3D interface prototype:

Screenshot from the 3D interface. You can see how the radiologist can use the pen in any direction to slice different layers from the current view. This enables the radiologist to see these different layers in relationship.

I generated this 3D model of a childs head from a real MRI scan. I later used the MRI scan and 3D model in my prototypes.



The 3D pen was a critical part of the 3D interface. Even though this is not a proposed industrial design, I made many revisions of the pen based on feedback and problems with the previous versions. Inside there is two leds for the 3D tracking and a pushbutton for controlling the mode of the 3D interface. It is connected to the computer with an Arduino board.

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From the beginning of the project I relied heavily on prototypes to evaluate and test my ideas. here are some of the prototypes that lead to my final design:



Touchscreen Interface details

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3D interface details

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Degree Presentation

Here is a video of my final presenation of the project at Umea Institute of Design, Sweden.

I was blogging my progress throughout the whole project. If you are interested please visit the project blog.

Nokia Only Planet

Only Planet is Nokia Design’s international student program. It was our last project before the master-degree-project in the interaction-design programme at Umea Institute of Design. Phil, Mike and Juha from Nokia Design were a great help, and gave a lot of inspiration during this 10 week project.

After the some researches I focused my work on a live music sharing system. You could say, its a Jukebox 2.0.

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vitaminB – digital/tangible reading

vitamin B is an exploration of digital and tangible reading. the user can move objects on an interactive table. projected grafics will follow these objects. by manipulating the objects the user can browse pages or books.

From paper-prototype and postits to working interface.

And for more information download documentation (pdf 1.3mb)


This is not a book!

“this is not a book” was my first experiment with fiducials and it inspired us to make a ‘real’ project out if it: a digital tangible reading interface.


vvvv code that is running the prototype:

video stream from the camera that is tracking the interface objects:

done with Arduino, Reactivision and vvvv.


communication system for divers

my last project at muthesius academy of arts in kiel was about a safty and communcation device for divers in cooperation with draeger safty. i built a dataglove prototype that can recognize the general divers sign language. this information is send to the divers wireless, so they can communicate underwater without seeing each other.

there is a head mounted display attached to the divers mask. it is visible even if there is no light or very dirty water. communication data is shown on this display. the diver can also see all important status informations on this display (e.g. oygen pressure, diving duration).

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