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5 May 2015
Experientia designer Dohun YuLuck Jang 유록 in Design 4 Disaster

Design 4 Disaster features an engaging illustrated safety manual for ship passengers, a personal project by Experientia designer Dohun YuLuck Jang 유록. After the Korean ferry accident last year, Yuluck (who is Korean) wanted to find a way to make safety manuals more interesting to read. He spent one year designing an interactive safety guide […]

16 March 2015
Better Health and Wellbeing: Giving the elderly in Singapore sparkling golden years

Invitation: sharing session, Singapore, 30 March 2015   What are the hopes and fears of the elderly in Singapore? How can designers offer solutions that support the elderly in managing their health and wellness? What can healthcare professionals do to help them keep active? What role can technology play in the elderly’s daily lives? Design consultants […]

1 January 2015
Happy Playful New Year
21 December 2014
Experientia’s Twitter feed live

Experientia has now its own Twitter feed. Four months of Putting People First posts and other links have already been uploaded. If you followed Experientia on Twitter through the feed of its CEO, Mark Vanderbeeken, make sure to now also follow the company (but don’t unfollow Mark, who will keep on tweeting away). And while […]

19 December 2014
Putting People First blog redesigned

Experientia’s Putting People First blog has been redesigned. It is now entirely responsive, allows for easier browsing, searching, and filtering, and features larger images on the posts. The entire history of posts remains accessible as before. We are still tweaking things and welcome any feedback.

27 November 2014
Why the world needs anthropologists – an update

Why the world needs anthropologists – Coming out of the ivory tower Location: Padua, Italy, Centro Culturale Altinate/San Gaetano Date and time: Friday, 5 December 2014, 13:00 – 18:00 Padua, Italy, 5 December 2014 – The second edition of the international symposium of applied anthropologists attempts to erase the boundary between ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ anthropology, […]

24 November 2013
Bruce Sterling on the value of design fiction (and some example videos)

Bruce Sterling’s Wired UK article on the value of design fiction is very much worth a read, as it defines the field so well: “A formal definition exists: “Design fiction is the deliberate use of diegetic prototypes to suspend disbelief about change.” There’s heavy freight in that sentence, but most can be disposed of promptly. […]

6 October 2010
Bruce Sterling interview by Rhys Hughes

Last week, La Stampa newspaper of Turin, Italy published an interview with Bruce Sterling, conducted by Welsh writer and essayist Rhys Hughes. The complete English version of the interview has now been posted on fortykey (which by the way has a very interesting collection of essays). An excerpt: Rhys: The ‘Internet of Things’ is a […]

26 April 2009
Design Fiction, an Interactions Magazine cover story by Bruce Sterling

As a contributing editor for Interactions Magazine, Experientia partner Mark Vanderbeeken was tasked with finding clever people to write a story for the magazine. His first choice was Bruce Sterling. Bruce accepted and wrote a wonderful contribution — much appreciated by the editors — that was chosen as the magazine’s cover story. “We have entered […]

1 March 2009
Book reviews of The Caryatids by Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling’s new science fiction novel The Caryatids is out and is collecting its first reviews. Here are the ones I found so far: Cory Doctorow – Boing Boing “Bruce Sterling’s The Caryatids, my pick for best book of 2009, a novel of clear-eyed hope for the future.” “Bruce Sterling has been one of the […]

12 December 2008
Bruce Sterling’s brixels

Bruce Sterling looked at the KashKlash questionnaire results and condensed it all into four narrative future scenarios. An excerpt from the last one: But then his son — who had gone into “cloud design,” God help him — started referring to bricks as “brixels.” A brick house was a byword for solidity. “Solid as a […]

11 November 2008
The Caryatids: a new book by Bruce Sterling

The Caryatids (hardcover) by Bruce Sterling Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Del Rey (February 24, 2009) During a speech at Mobile Monday Amsterdam, Bruce Sterling announced his next book “The Caryatids”. According to Sterling, the book which will be published in February, is an “internet of things” book, set in the 2060’s, that “tries to describe […]

11 November 2008
Bruce Sterling preaching the tech gospel

In this nearly 27 minute video Bruce Sterling, a leading futurist, speaker, columnist and science fiction writer, shares his vision on where mobile is heading. Preaching his story from a somewhat unconventional place, the pulpit instead of the stage, he managed to silence the audience. Check the video to see what he had to say […]

7 March 2008
A conversation about Torino with Bruce Sterling

Today Torino World Design Capital published an interview Experientia partner Mark Vanderbeeken recently conducted with Bruce Sterling. This time not about spimes, ubiquitous computing or digital fabrication, but about his experience with the city where he lived for the last six months. Bruce likes Torino and in this interview he gives quite a few reasons […]

13 September 2007
Bruce Sterling lecture in Torino, Italy

Bruce Sterling will be speaking on his recent book “Shaping Things” in Torino, Italy on Thursday 27 September at 6pm. The event will take place at the “Circolo dei Lettori” [Readers Club]. Sterling [wikipedia – blog] is an American science fiction writer and highly acclaimed futurist thinker and design critic. He will be living in […]

26 August 2007
Bruce Sterling writes ‘dispatches from the hyperlocal future’ for Wired Magazine
2 June 2007
Bruce Sterling moving to Torino, Italy
11 March 2006
Bruce Sterling on the internet of things
24 January 2006
“Shaping Things” by Bruce Sterling

“Shaping Things is about created objects and the environment, which is to say, it’s about everything,” writes Bruce Sterling in this addition to the Mediawork Pamphlet series. He adds, “Seen from sufficient distance, this is a small topic.” Sterling offers a brilliant, often hilarious history of shaped things. We have moved from an age of […]

2 November 2014
A constructionist approach to behaviour change and the Internet of Things

Dan Lockton just posted an essay on how to enable social and environmental behaviour change by using IoT-type technologies for practical co-creation and constructionist public engagement. It got him immediately some Sunday morning Twitter commentary from Bruce Sterling and John Thackara – to which he reacted – which no doubt will massively increase the readership […]

5 August 2013
Smart cities workshop with the Design Center Busan

A few days ago Experientia’s latest collaboration with Korea’s Design Center Busan wrapped up, as 21 South Korean students completed a summer study program in Turin. Experientia ran a creative workshop for the students, titled “Barely legal, but very nice! Smart interventions in public spaces, offices and services“. The diverse curricula of the program included […]

19 July 2013
“An Aura of Familiarity”

In 2013, the Technology Horizons Program of the Institute for the Future commissioned six leading science fiction writers — Cory Doctorow, Rudy Rucker, Warren Ellis, Madeline Ashby, Ramez Naam, and Bruce Sterling — and artist Daniel Martin Diaz to create short stories tied to our research on the coming Age of Networked Matter. They asked […]

25 April 2013
Steampunking interaction design and other Interaction Magazine articles

Interactions Magazine is no longer the influential voice in the interaction design community that it used to be a few years ago. Lots of the reason why has to do with the fact that the bulk of the articles are behind a membership paywall, while the content remains as relevant as ever. Here are the […]

2 February 2013
Dan Hill’s critique of the smart cities movement

Dan Hill (of CityofSound, ARUP, Sitra and now Fabrica fame) is not only extremely prolific, but his writing is also very much to the point. His latest Smart City (or better “Smart Citizen”) manifesto is a case in point. Weighing in at 10,000 words, it is a “cleaned up” and “stitched together” version of two […]

16 January 2013
Rob van Kranenberg’s comprehensive global Internet of Things action plan

Rob Van Kranenburg, a member of the EU Expert Group on the Internet of Things, has published a provocative comprehensive global Internet of Things action plan, as input for the inaugural meeting of the Internet of Things World Forum Steering Committee, February 20-21, 2013 in San Jose, California, USA. Bruce Sterling posted it on his […]

30 October 2012
Google and the UX challenge of augmented reality

The new Google FieldTrip app probes the question: What digital information do you want to see overlaid on the physical world? A challenge that Bruce Sterling describes as “‘experience design’ problems”. Alexis G. Madrigal explores it in The Atlantic: “If you pick up a book, do you see a biography of its author, an analysis […]

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