Prototyping with ProtoPie: Real-time data functionality for the realization of an automotive prototype

Marius Hubertus
Marius Hubertus
March 14th, 2022

Elexir Auto

Earlier this year the start-up Elexir reached out to us with their unique vision of creating a more sustainable car. They built a highly customizable and extendable shared car, trying to attain the same experience as of owned, personalised cars. They achieved this by developing a completely new underlying software architecture. By using an open-source software approach they are enabling everybody to contribute to its system and giving customers the ability to replace and add hardware elements and benefit from further software improvements. read more…

How to engage GraphQL, .Net and React together: Part II. Veda Versum backend authentication.

Mikhail Shabanov
Mikhail Shabanov
February 21st, 2022


“If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy” –  Donald Knuth

Having a good tool allows you to complete tasks effectively and enjoy the process. Twice the fun to develop the tool yourself 🙂

Hi, It’s Mikhail from Centigrade again. And let’s continue to build our tool – knowledge base called Veda Versum. This is my second article in the series “How to engage GraphQL, .Net and React together”. In the Previous article we have defined our target application, requirements and architecture. We have also chosen the .Net 6 for backend with hot chocolate library for GraphQL API and React as the UI framework. And we have created the backend application scaffold. Now it’s time to give life to our backend.

Today we will add Authentication to backend. We will define and implement the data persistence for our application. We will talk about GraphQL resolvers and data loaders and will say a couple of words about testing.

Let’s get it started! 😉 read more…

Luise vs. LOUISA or „Where do I put my art“


Hello, let me introduce myself first: My name is Luise, and I’m a game design student from Leipzig, Germany, specializing in 2D art and illustration. In my 5th semester, I was scheduled for a mandatory internship, where I decided to work for Centigrade. Already during the job interview I was told about the LOUISA project, which then became a convincing factor in my decision to join this company. read more…

How to engage GraphQL, .Net and React together. Part I.

Mikhail Shabanov
Mikhail Shabanov
December 2nd, 2021

In the world of programming nowadays there are lot of technologies and huge amount of frameworks to build any kind of application for any needs. But these technologies sometimes are divided into layers which intersect quite rarely. For instance, the Web world has numbers of Javascript frameworks that help to build vivid UI with various styles, animations, etc. On the other hand, banking software has to be robust, reliable and able to process huge amount of transactions per second. And another world is social networks that should provide a lot of content in mobile environment under conditions of slow internet and not very powerful devices. What if we try to pick up the strength of each technology and combine them?

Hi, I´m Mikhail from Centigrade. This is the first article of the technical blog series about GraphQL Web-API, its implementation in .Net 6.0 and how it should be consumed by React client. read more…

Impact-Driven Design – Why and how UX professionals should save this planet

Thomas Immich

UX Designer beim arbeiten

The title of this article is admittedly quite epic. However, I find it difficult to quickly explain what Impact-Driven Design has to do with saving our planet, as there are now too many terms and methods mixed up in the UX community. Therefore, I’d like to start with a bit of term sharpening – bear with me. read more…

From UX Design to UX Modeling – The Sharpening of a Role Continues

Thomas Immich

UX Discovery

I had recently published the article UX Design is dead – long live UX Design and described in it why I think a new understanding of the role of UX Designer* is urgently needed. My call then was:

Let’s modernize the role ‘UX Designer*in’ together to make the digitalized world of tomorrow a little bit better with better products and services.

One reason for the call was that even after many years in the industry, the gap between UX designers and software engineers still seemed too big to me. Fortunately I got a lot of input from other professional UX & CX or digital design professionals, software engineers or – in general – product creators. Thank you for that, because it gave me the opportunity to further sharpen my thoughts on the role of ‘UX designer’. read more…

What is Gamification? Definition and examples from real life

Thomas Immich
Thomas Immich
June 25th, 2021

Gamification is the “application of game-typical elements in a non-game context”. Gamification is by no means the same as conventional incentive or reward systems. A reward is merely an “external trigger”, i.e. a manual impulse that is intended to get someone to perform an action. For example, a health insurance company pays a premium if the client exercises more frequently. However, if this external trigger falls away, the person is very likely to stop taking the action – i.e., the health-seeking behavior – as well. The person was merely “extrinsically motivated.” read more…

UX Design is dead. Long live UX Design.

Thomas Immich
Thomas Immich
May 28th, 2021

Designer Illustration

The start of a new UX designer role model.

A lot has happened … and then it hasn’t.

I’ve really been around the so-called UX scene for quite a while now. As the owner and CEO of Centigrade, I’ve been running one of the most successful UX companies in Germany for over 15 years. But since I moved from video game development 20 years ago into what was then called usability and user interface design, not much has actually changed. Sure – new tools have emerged and disappeared again. Methods have been hyped and then replaced by supposedly even better methods. The end devices and design options have become more numerous and somehow no one talks about pixels anymore, because that was settled with 4K monitors at the latest.

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Industry 4.0 and the human factor: Thomas Immich interviewed

Thomas Immich
Thomas Immich
April 26th, 2021

Rampf HMI Dosieranlagen Industrie 4.0

The transformation of a traditional industrial plant into a “smart factory” confronts companies with major challenges in many ways. One of the most important aspects, in addition to the development and implementation of new processes and IoT-enabled production equipment, is the human factor. There is a wide range of training and education to make employees fit for the machines. At Centigrade, we take a different approach and develop user interfaces that make machines fit for employees. In this interview, our CEO Thomas Immich explains why Industry 4.0 is more than new, networked machines and why the human-machine interface needs to be rethought. read more…

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