Dr. phil. Katharina Bredies

Katharina Bredies was born in 1981 in Bremen, Germany, where she studied Integrated Design at the Hochschule für Künste. During her studies, she worked as a product designer, 3D modeler and animator. She finished her studies in 2006 with a diploma thesis about the use of cybernetic systems analysis in design. Her interests cover research into interaction design and design theory as well as illustration, animation and comic books.

She joined the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in 2006, where she works as a research scientist and PhD student. In her doctoral thesis, she investigates the value of irritation in design. In addition, she is collaborating on other current research projects on transferability and design research methods. Her main field of research by now covers electronic textiles and the combination of traditional textile production techniques with electronic functionality.

As of April 2014, Katharina is also a postdoctoral researcher with the School of Textiles in Borås, Sweden.

Publications

Design as Research – Positions, Arguments, Perspectives

Joost, Gesche; Bredies, Katharina; Christensen, Michelle; Conradi, Florian; Unteidig, Andreas (Eds.): Design as Research – Positions, Arguments, Perspectives. Basel: Birkhäuser 2016.


kNN based Numerical Hand Posture Recognition using a Smart Textile Glove

Li, Cai, Katharina Bredies and Anja Lund, 2015. kNN based Numerical Hand Posture Recognition using a Smart Textile Glove. In Proceedings of AMBIENT 2015. Nice, France.


Long Live the Late Bloomers

Bredies, Katharina and Wölfel, C. 2015. Long Live the Late Bloomers. Current State of Design PhD in Germany. Design Issues. 31, 1 (2015), 37–47.


Strange Shapes and Unexpected Forms

Bredies, Katharina. 2015. Strange Shapes and Unexpected Forms: New Technologies, Innovative Interfaces and Design-in-Use. Design Issues. 31, 1 (2015), 48–52.


Investigating Interaction Design for e-Textiles Using “Case-Transfer”

Gowrishankar, Ramyah and Bredies, K. 2014. Investigating Interaction Design for e-Textiles Using “Case-Transfer”. Proceedings of Ambience`14&10i3m (Tampere, Finland, 2014).


Interactive Knitting Patterns as Boundary Objects in e-Textile Design

Bredies, Katharina and Gowrishankar, R. 2014. Interactive Knitting Patterns as Boundary Objects in e-Textile Design. Proceedings of Ambience`14&10i3m (Tampere, Finland, 2014).


The Trademan’s Door to the Ivory Tower

Bredies, Katharina. 2013. The Trademan’s Door to the Ivory Tower: Doing Research as Just Another Kind of Practice. In: Of Other Thoughts: Non-Traditional Ways to the Doctorate. A Guidebook for Candidates and Supervisors. T. Engels-Schwarzpaul and M.A. Peters, Hrsg. Sense. 47–50.


Gebrauch als Design

Bredies, Katharina. 2014. Gebrauch als Design. Über eine unterschätzte Form der Gestaltung. Transcript.


Nach dem Problem ist vor dem Problem

Bredies, Katharina. 2012. Nach dem Problem ist vor dem Problem. Öffnungszeiten. 26, (2012), 78–84.


Designing for Utilization

Kassenaar, Paula, Bredies, K. and van der Hoven, E. 2011. Designing for Utilization: Putting Design Principles into Practice. Making Design Matter. Proceedings of the 4th Nordic Design Research Conference (Helsinki, Finland, 2011), 324–329.


The Music Sleeve

Gowrishankar, Ramyah, Bredies, K. and Chow, R. 2011. The Music Sleeve: Fabric as Electronic Interface Medium. Making Design Matter. Proceedings of the 4th Nordic Design Research Conference (Helsinki, Finland, 2011), 312–317.


Design promoviert – ein Kolloquium zur Designforschung für Promovierende in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz

Bredies, K., Bieling, T., Müller-Rakow (2011): „Design promoviert – ein Kolloquium zur Designforschung für Promovierende in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz“, in: Öffnungszeiten – Zeitschrift zur Designwissenschaft, 25/2011, Lübeck.


Design und Wissenschafts- und Techniksoziologie. Wie beeinflussen Wissenschafts- und Technikstudien das Design, und wie werden sie vom Design beeinflusst?

Bredies, K. (2010). Design und Wissenschafts- und Techniksoziologie. Wie beeinflussen Wissenschafts- und Technikstudien das Design, und wie werden sie vom Design beeinflusst? In F. Romero-Tejedor & W. Jonas (Eds.), (pp. 149-152). Kassel University Press.


Im Königreich der kleinen Dinge. Designforschung als separatistische Umtriebe in der Wissenschaftslandschaft

Bredies, K. (2010). Im Königreich der kleinen Dinge. Designforschung als separatistische Umtriebe in der Wissenschaftslandschaft. In F. Romero-Tejedor & W. Jonas (Eds.), (pp. 21-25). Kassel University Press.


Far Beyond Dualism in Methodology: An Integrative Design Research Medium ‘MAPS’

Jonas, W., R. Chow, K. Bredies, and K. Vent. 2010. “Far Beyond Dualism in Methodology: An Integrative Design Research Medium ‘MAPS’.” in 2010 DRS International Conference ‘Design & Complexity’, edited by P. Lalande. Montreal: University of Montreal.


Addressing Use as Design: A Comparison of Constructivist Design Approaches

Bredies, Katharina, Chow, Rosan, and Joost, Gesche. 2010. Addressing Use as Design: A Comparison of Constructivist Design Approaches. In The Design Journal, 13 (2). 157-180.


Designers and Users: Comparing Constructivist Design Approaches

Katharina Bredies (2009) Designers and Users: Comparing Constructivist Design Approaches, 71-75. In Design Connexity. EAD 08 Conference Proceeedings.


Unready-Making Artefacts for Open Interpretation

Katharina Bredies (2009) Unready-Making Artefacts for Open Interpretation. In Questions, Hypotheses and Conjectures. DRN Conference 2008.


Designer och användare – jämförande konstruktivistiska designnärmanden

Katharina Bredies, Rosan Chow, Gesche Joost (2009) Designer och användare – jämförande konstruktivistiska designnärmanden. In Design Research Journal.


Designers and Users Comparing Constructivist Design Approaches

Joost, Gesche, Bredies, Katharina and Chow Rosan (2009): Designers and Users Comparing Constructivist Design Approaches, Proceedings of the 8th Inter-national Conference of the European Academy of Design}, April


The Gender Perspective in Cultural Probes

Bredies, Katharina, Buchmueller, Sandra, Joost, Gesche (2008): The Gender Perspective in Cultural Probes, Participatory Design Conference, 1.10 – 4.10.08, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA


Confuse the user! A use-centred view on Participatory Design

Katharina Bredies: Confuse the user! A use-centred view on Participatory Design. Workshop “Designed for Co-Designers”, 30 September 2008, Bloomington, US


Using Systems Analysis and Personas for e-Health Interaction Design

Katharina Bredies (2008) Using Systems Analysis and Personas for e-Health Interaction Design, 184/1-14. In Undisciplined! DRS Conference 2008.


The Multi-Touch Soundscape Renderer

Katharina Bredies, Nick Alexander Mann, Jens Ahrens, Matthias Geier, Sascha Spors und Michael Nischt: The Multi-Touch Soundscape Renderer. Proceedings of the ACM AVI (Advanced Visual Interfaces) Conference, 28.-30. Mai 2008, Neapel, Italien


Designing Personalized Intelligent User Interfaces

Bredies, Katharina, Joost, Gesche, Chow, Rosan: Designing Personalized Intelligent User Interfaces, in Proceedings of IASDR 07 Conference, Hong Kong, November 2007




Talks & Lectures

Some New Happenings of Design Research in Germany

Chow, Rosan, Joost, Gesche , and Bredies, Katharina. 2010. Some New Happenings of Design Research in Germany Challenging the Curriculum. CLTAD’s 5th International Conference, Berlin, Germany.


Chasing the Carrot or the Not-Implications of STS for Design

Bredies, Katharina, and Chow, Rosan. 2010. Chasing the Carrot or the Not-Implications of STS for Design.  EASST Conference, EASST, Trento, Italy.


Schwierige Dinge. Gebrauch und Missbrauch als Design

Bredies, Katharina. 2010. Schwierige Dinge – Gebrauch Und Missbrauch Als Design.  3. Kolloquium Design Promoviert, Bern, Switzerland.