General Tutorials

W3Schools is  good collection of tutorials on technologies for web development. From very basic introduction to HTML to more advances stuff. The also offer a “Try it Yourself Editor“, which allows you to get into coding directly on their site without the need to use any desktop software (the advantage of web applications).


Find everything on the software wordpress on wordpress.org (not wordpress.net, which offers preinstalled wordpress instances for free and by that creates a kind of blogging social network). Get into Design and develpment with WordPress using their extensive documentation section Codex (form basic introdroduction, themes, plugins to advanced topics). You can find a vast collection of themes and plugins.


Editors for HTML and more:

  • TextWrangler (simple text editor with code highlighting / free / Mac OS)
  • Taco HTML Edit (simple HTML editor with some useful features / trial/25 $ / Mac OS)
  • TextMate (HTML editor with some useful features / trial/45 $ / Mac OS)
  • Espresso (user friendly and powerful / trial/79 $ / Mac OS)
  • Dreamweaver (more than you need, but not bad / trial / ?$ / Mac OS and Windows)
  • Aptana (for professional development, not for beginners / free/open source / all platforms/java)


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The Project: Process and Outcomes

Children Village is a project of the NGO AMREF in the slums of Nairobi for the rehabilitation, resocialization and reintegration of street kids. Apart from practical help kids are empowered to articulate their points of view by participating in creative activity, above all in so-called participatory video projects. This gives not only the capability to co-create videos about stories that matter to them, but also to develop as individuals and as a community.

The quality and the potential of this kind of social work have to be communicated to raise awareness, to get supporters and donation. Furthermore the creative work of the street kid has the potential to change the stereotype of the “poor African victims”. Therefor it should obtain more visibility.

As designers we want to help to reach these goals in two ways: first we render messages concise and attractive, and second we design a web platform, which uses the mechanisms of the so-called social web, so that the Children Village becomes visible also outside its own web site and its messages spread in viral ways. This platform is designed in a way that it can be implemented as a system, which can be updates easily by the social workers themselves.

results of the working groups:

Badstreet (André Rebelo, Maria Grilo, Yael Fierro)

Dragoretti (Anna Leoni, Mayu Knipper, Marco Ciceri)

Meureka (?, ?)

Share (Karim Hamily, Nicola Santarossa, Robert Simic)

Ubuntu (Eva Kaufmann, Simone Gebsattel, Gernot Rella)

Ushiriki (Raffaella De Rossi, Luca Mariotti)

zzzzoom (Afra Hackl, Francisca Ramalho, Pedro Colaco, Raphael Volkmer)