Paula L. Schuster

Research Associate

Paula is a research associate at the Interaction Design Lab (IDL) of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

After completing her studies in communication in social and economic contexts at the University of Arts Berlin, Paula studied product and interface design at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam as well as Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute.

In her master’s thesis in design, she explored prototyping in the design process and developed theories and tools to clarify the different roles of prototypes.

Since 2018 Paula has been part of research projects at IDL. In the PROTOTYP project she investigates prototypes as a communication medium of possible futures. In the DISA project she investigates digital inclusion in the context of social anxiety. Her focus is on participatory prototyping with affected people.

She also works as a freelance consultant for design processes and co-design.

Her research focuses on Research Through Design and design methodology with a particular interest in prototyping.



“Stranger Things – Prototyping Inconvenience”: A Case Study On Critical Design In Design Education

ACM DIS 2020 Workshop – Speculative and Critical Design in Education: Practice and Perspectives