User Interface for TV
Siemens Home Entertainment System
In 2006, i led the design team at Siemens to develop the user interface for Siemens home entertainment system.
Operating the Siemens Home Entertainment services is completely done using
menus and other interface elements on the TV screen, which are navigated by the
remote control. This limited way of interaction requires paying strong attention to
the user friendliness and ease of use when designing the interface.
Award Winning Design
The Siemens Home Entertainment System offers a wide spectrum of entertainment
services to the end users, e.g. receiving TV Programs, Video-On-Demand, Games,
Access to the Internet via the TV... The objective of the interface design is to ensure
an efficient and consistent 'Interface' between the end user and the available
information. Since the content itself can be very diverse, we intentionally kept
neutral and simple style for the visual interface design.
A modular grid system was used for the layout of the Siemens Home Entertainment
interface. Typography and color concept were optimized with respect to readability
on the TV screen. The systematic use of color combinations and contrasts supports
clear differentiation between operational and display elements and the multilayer
The design won IF design award (Germany), in category of User Interface Design.