Christian Guder

Roy - The Rocking Toy / 2007

Toy or musical instrument?

In our modern, highly developed world there are countless well designed products. Most of them appeal to our visual as well as haptic senses. This project aims to attract our aural senses.

With the help of the rocking horse "Roy" I wanted to show how complex auditory feedback can be. Modern toys often provide the child with appalling simple forms of aural interactions. Accordingly, the educational as well as the fun potential are very limited. Roy is a mixture between toy and musical instrument. The child is able to experience music via the rocking horse on a new level. The beat and the volume depend on the rocking movement. Via buttons for hands and feet sound tracks can be switched on and off respectively. Thus, in interaction with other toys of this kind, more or less complex sound collages happen to occur, which in turn opens up the fantastic world of music to children.

Idea, Concept, Realization: Christian Guder


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Christian Guder is a Berlin based Product, Interface and Interaction Designer. He is operating at the interface between art, design and technology. After an apprenticeship as industrial mechanic at Leica Microsystems, Jena he studied at the Bauhaus-University Weimar Product Design.The past two years, Christian Guder gained practical experience working as a project manager and interface designer at Christopher Bauder`s Studio - WHITEvoid interactive art&design, Berlin, Germany. This involved realising international projects ranging from installations, to user interfaces for museums and trade shows targeting appeal to the public. Furthermore, through my apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic, I am highly skilled in mechanical engineering. I believe an ever growing range of technologies will be introduced into our environments in the future. Our task as designers is to take this growth in the field of industrial engineering and form it through good design that makes the technology accessible to the customer. Christian Guder Portfolio gives you a introduction to my work.
Christian Guder ist ein in Berlin ansässiger Produkt-, Interface und Interactiondesigner. Er Arbeitet im Spannungsfeld zwischen Kunst, Design und Technologie. Nach seiner Ausbildung als Industriemechaniker bei Leica Microsystems GmbH, Jena studierte er an der Bauhaus Universität Produktdesign. In den vergangenen zwei Jahren sammelte er umfangreiche Erfahrung als Projektmanager und Interfacedesigner im Büro von Designer Christopher Bauder - WHITEvoid interactive art&design, Berlin. Hierbei lag sein Schwerpunkt auf der Realisierung von internationalen Projekten im Beriech interaktiver Installationen, Hardwaregestaltung sowie dem Design von Benutzeroberflächen für Messen, Museen und diversen Festivals. Durch seine technische Ausbildung als Feinmechaniker besitzt er besondere mechanische Fähigkeiten. Mein Portfolio gibt Ihnen einen Einblick in die kreative Arbeit der vergangenen Jahre.