• Berlin, Germany
  • Interactive Designer

Florian Born

Florian Born is an interaction designer working between media arts and media design. In his works he is doing experiments to blur the boundaries between the virtual and the physical world. He likes to work with new technologies, creative coding, CNC machines and mechanical objects.
He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of the Arts Bremen in Digital Media and a Master of Arts degree from the University of the Arts Berlin where he attended the new media class.

Every cyclist hates potholes in the streets. But complaining about them via the official way can be extremely time-consuming and annoying. Bureaucracy often leads to a dead end and involves a lot of paperwork. Auto-Complain offers the possibility to automate the act of demanding road renovations by using a simple app.
All you need to do is to attach your Phone onto your bike for tracking its motions. When hitting a bigger pothole, your phone registers the intensity and location of the bump. These data are directly sent and stored on an online platform called Upon arrival at your destination, your complain ride is completed and a PDF-file, which summarizes all of your complains, is sent to the department for road repair. Another feature (of the auto-complain system) is a spray device, which is mounted to your bike. As soon as you ride over a pothole, the spray device leaves a mark on the pothole to alert other cyclists.

Encoded Mirrors
Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian are two famous artists of abstract art. Both had different approaches in terms of form but when it comes to the choice of color they agreed. The three primary colors red, blue and yellow are the most essential in their work.
To demonstrate the connection between both artists the installation takes Kandinsky’s painting „Yellow-Red-Blue“ and turns it into Mondrian’s “Composition with big red square, yellow, black, grey and blue” just by using static mirrors.
Every mirror on the surface is tilted to a specific angle to reflect a certain color of the Kandinsky painting hanging on the wall. If a person stands at the correct distance and height to the surface, the sweetspot, the image of the Mondrian painting appears in the mirrors. The whole image is just constructed by redirecting the sight to different spots located on the Kandinsky painting.

Modulares Interface
Multi-touch devices like the iPad have become more and more popular over the last couple of years. Nowadays they are not only used for browsing and sending e-mails, but also as a medium for new fields of applications. One particular thing of multi-touch devices is in need of improvement: It is the lack of haptic feedback, which makes it difficult to set parameters precisely.
Regarding to this problem the project has been developed to provide a variety of physical controllers. These controllers expand the usage of a touch device with a haptic feedback while adjusting parameters. By using magnets, the different controllers can easily be arranged onto the iPad. A modular interface appears, which uses a given device just like the iPad.
The system contains three different parts:
• The physical controllers (button, slider and knob), made out of conductive aluminium to pass on the electrical discharge of the human skin.
• A frame, made out of aluminium and plastic, in which the iPad is inserted. The edge of the frame has embedded magnets, making it possible to position the controller precisely and easily.
• The software, running as an app on the iPad. It organizes the control elements and sends the parameters to the corresponding software, which is controlled by the modular interface.