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Touch&Travel was a program at Deutsche Bahn I was involved with when I worked there. Touch&Travel lets people pay for the train using their cell phones. A user could "check in" at their departure station, travel on Deutsche Bahn and partner systems, "check out" at their destination, and then receive a monthly bill with their travel costs automatically calculated. Before I joined, the program was a 3-year pilot using NFC technology. However, at the time NFC technology was only available on Nokia "feature" flip phones.


My work

I re-imagined Touch&Travel to work with smartphones. I started by designing the UI. I made a pie-in-the-sky version and a more realistic version. I also designed how the app could work securely without NFC. The app can use either geolocation, 3D barcodes, or a simple stop number to allow users to check in. This is then validated with network-based location services from the carrier (with user permission, of course!).


On January 6, 2011, right on schedule, Deutsche Bahn released the beta of the Touch&Travel iPhone application. The architecture of how the application fit into their existing system was right how I had designed it over the summer. They made some tweaks to the UI, but ~80% of the UI was as I had designed it. Some of the artwork I prepared over the summer even made it into the application.

In particular I am happy that they took my icons for the check in methods. It would be so cool if those icons would be printed in stations and/or added to their style manual. Germany corporations, including Deutsche Bahn, are some of the great patrons of modern typography and modernist design. I would be honored if my work was a part of that.

In June 2011, Deutsche Bahn released a version for Android.

In December 2011, Deutsche Bahn rebranded T&T (redesigned the website and got a new logo) to give it a unique brand identity from Deutsche Bahn.

As of January 2012, the project is still in pilot.

How it Works

(Screenshots as of Jan 2011 1st public beta)

Touch&Travel Home.png Open the app

Touch&Travel Login.png Register online and log in

TouchandTravel Check In Screen.png Pick a method to check in

Touch and travel 556.jpg Checking in using a 3D barcode (or geolocation or type in a number)

ICE Train.jpg Travel using Deutsche Bahn and regional (subway and bus) partners

Touch&Travel Conductor.png If the conductor comes, show him/her a 3D barcode

Touch&Travel Check Out.png After you travel it's time to check out

Touch&Travel Receipt.png After you check out, you get a receipt

You get a bill at the end of the month for your travels.

News Stories

All of the news stories are in German, unfortunately

‎* Touch&Travel mit dem iPhone nutzen