Interaction Design WikiStudent Handbook

Project Documentation

Project Documentation Guidelines and Storage Filer

Project documentations are collected on the university-wide file server (filer). Submission details are announced by lecturers, but usually comply with the following requirements: 

  • Text file including the project title, names of students and mentors, a short description, and a project description (in a file to be labelled “Texts”)  
  • Approx. 10 representative images of the project (to be stored in a file labelled “Images”)
  • At least one short video (~2min) of the project (to be stored in a file labelled “Video”)
  • A PDF documentation (to be stored in a file labelled “Documentation”)
  • Additional raw data, e.g., presentation, prototypes, or codes (to be stored in the respective file).

Media Archiv

The Media Archive is the platform for collaborative work, sharing and archiving of media at the ZHdK. It is available to students, lecturers and staff. In addition to the storage on the university-wide file server (filer), archiving the projects - especially diploma theses - on the Media Archive is mandatory for students. You can find a specific manual how to upload your project documentation to the Media Archiv here.

Filer Access

Filer access is via the internal ZHdK-Login. Note that access is restricted to the Toni Campus or via a VPN connection.

The IAD directories are stored on the DDE volume: smb://zhdk;

Server Data Structure

Documentation must be submitted via the following directory: DDE > VIAD > ABGABEN. In addition, submissions are sorted by course in the corresponding semester directory (XX_FS, XX_HS):

Naming Files and Folders

Folders on the 1st hierarchical level should bear the name of the student or of the student group. First and last names must be separated by a space. Use „ - “ to separate the names of projects involving two or more students. Use last names only for groups (i..e, more than 3 students).

From the 2nd hierarchical level, folders and files should only bear initials. Use the underscore sign to separate initials from further names. Folders containing your project groups are stored on this level. We have illustrated the structure with a group submission. In all other cases, create three files beginning with your initials and separated by an underscore sign. Use an underscore sign and the folder title after your initials.

Naming Images

Images should be labelled with a number and an unambiguous term. Numbering begins with 01. Use an underscore sign to separate numbers and terms.

Submitting various media


Create a text file containing the following information, which is required for the IAD website. Also include all closing credits appearing at the end of your video.

Text files may be submitted in English and/on in German and should contain: 

Project titlemax. 100 characters
Short descriptionmin. 250 – max. 400 characters
Project descriptionmin. 1000 characters
Contributorsfull names of students and mentors


Images must be stored at high-resolution:

Resolutionmax. 4000x4000
Sizemax. 6MB


Audio recordings should have the following properties:

Sample rate

48 KHZ
FormatWAV / AIFF
Bit rate16 / 24 Bit


We ask you to add the IAD intro and closing credits to your videos.

You can download the self-explaining Adobe Illustrator file here: video intro and credits
Or you can find it on the server under: smb:// DOKUMENTATION ANLEITUNG /IAD video intro/credits template/video intro and credits

Use the following video settings:

Resolution1920x1080 (1080p)
FormatMPEG-4 (.mp4) / Quicktime (.mov)
Video CodecH.264 (best quality)
Image rate25 FPS
Audio CodecAAC (Advanced Audio Codec)
Sample rate48 KHZ
Preset (Adobe)H.264 > HD 1080p 25

Credits and Acknowledgements 

All collaborators, mentors and teachers, users, participants, sponsors should be credited and acknowledged for their contributions. 
All projects mentioned, sounds, images and references used should be dated and credited (see sections on plagiarism and copyrights).

Referencing style

Chicago Social Sciences