In 2020, Boris Hermann took part in the Vendee Globe
for the first time. Thereby he surprised not only with
his competitive skills. During the entire circumnavigation,
he was the first and only participant who analysed the
water for scientific values. The aim of the dashobard is to
visualise the daily and complex data of Hermann in a un-
derstandable way (data visualisation).


As a Sailor I find great fascination in the Vendée Globe regatta. On the one hand, in the sporting aspect, the Vendée Globe is considered the toughest regatta in the world. Non-stop and alone around the world. Never sleep longer than 3 hours. Anyone who accepts external help or steps ashore is eliminated. This makes the Vendée Globe one of the most demanding sports competitions in the world. 
On the other hand, I am fascinated by the technical aspect. The boats combine the most advanced innovations on the market. Boat parts can be controlled with millimetre precision. The newest materials make the boats record-breaking light, and so make it possible that the competitor more often flies rather than sails across the water.


At the last Vendée Globe, Boris Hermann in particular received a lot of media attention. He sails in the service of science and the fight against the climate change. Therefore, he sailed the activist Greta Thunberg to the climate conference in New York. During the Vendée Globe he was the only participant who tested the water for scientific values during the entire circumnavigation.

However, all this exciting content was not available to the public. So I saw great potential in combining relevant data for competition and for science in an understandable way. Since the scientific data of Boris Hermann's circumnavigation is not publicly available, I wrote a mail to the competition team directly. By doing this, I gained access to an Excel file with 3 917 rows of daily recorded data. Since then, I have been in contact with Team Malizia and am negotiating about a possible cooperation.


final design in action

Screen Size

Especially designed for tablet screens, it is compact and space-saving to take along with. Especially in consideration of the fact that Team Malizia has to follow Boris Hermann around the world, the iPad application saves a lot of weight and size in the travelgabage.


The instruments can be easily viewed on a smartwatch. They fit the aesthetic style of a watch. But especially functionally wise, the whole thing has advantages: Assume the sailor is on the wet boat deck. However, the data still retain great relevance. For example for the orientation of the boat. The tablet would be bulky to transport and wouldn't tolerate the wetness. The smartwatch, on the other hand, is compact on the wrist and can easily provide the most important information.


As I built my design around the existing data, I learned to analyse and work with real data in particular. Also, great importance was attached to a purposeful and clear visualisation. 

The process was characterized by the creation of variants and iterations. Through the numerous variants I had a pool from which I could reassemble components, pull them apart and position them differently. In the end, a little from each variant flowed into the final prototype.


HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd
2. Semester


Data Visualisation


Tim Henrik Seib