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29 September 2015
[Experientia book] Ethnography on elderly health and wellness

As we age, we increasingly depend on public services and the community for support. Well-designed public services can greatly affect the lives of the elderly and their experiences of healthcare. Experientia collaborated with DesignSingapore Council on understanding how the elderly interact with public services and how we can look towards improving their lives with design. […]

2 July 2015
Getting citizens involved in protecting fragile energy environments

A new project funded under the FP7 European Commission framework is getting citizens involved in testing new tools for reducing energy consumption during peak loads, in the hope that its pilot program will set the new state of the art for protecting locations with fragile electricity supplies. One of France’s most fragile regions The Provence-Alpes-Côte […]

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 […]

1 June 2011

Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces conference

DPPI 11, the 5th conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, will take place in Milan at the end of this month, with leading roles for two Experientia partners: Mark Vanderbeeken will act as co-chair of the user-centred design track while Jan-Christoph Zoels will be part of a roundtable discussion. The conference will take place […]

14 April 2011

Call to participate at the Core77 Design Awards

As one of the jury captains for the inaugural year of the Core77 Design Awards, I am calling upon all Putting People First readers to spread the news about the award and help us get as many strong entries as possible. The Core77 Design Awards An Annual Celebration of Excellence, Enterprise and Intent Recognizing excellence […]

10 March 2011

Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces – conference in Milan

DPPI 11, the 5th conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, will take place in Milan, Italy this year and Experientia partner Mark Vanderbeeken is part of the scientific committee. The DPPI conference originally began through the desire to move away from talking purely about usability, and look at the role of experience in human-product […]

25 February 2011

Reflections on the LIFT conference on Core77

A few weeks ago, I went to the LIFT conference in Geneva, Switzerland. It took me a some time to write up all my (personal) thoughts on the presentations, but now the writing is done and the result is online on Core77. Thank you Laurent, Nicolas and others in the LIFT team, for once again […]

7 February 2011

SEE conference looks at Europe’s design future

Experientia partner Mark Vanderbeeken will be heading to his home country of Belgium in March 2011, to chair the SEE conference on integrating design into regional and national policies. The SEE project has been running since 2008, and has involved a series of workshops with policy-makers on themes such as design in innovation policy, design […]

5 July 2009

The future of money

Stowe Boyd, an internationally recognised authority on social applications and their impact on business, media, and society, launched a new interview series examining the future of money. The series is sponsored in part by, a non-profit he is working with. Because of Neo’s efforts toward defining and implementing a new digital currency, Boyd hopes […]

2 July 2009

July-August issue of Interactions magazine is out

The July-August issue of Interactions magazine is out and more and more content is publicly available online (thank goodness): Editorial: Interactions: Time, Culture, and Behavior Jon Kolko Over the past 10 issues, interactions has, with a great deal of conscious repetition, investigated themes of global influence, sustainability, temporal aesthetics, behavior change, and the design for […]

3 March 2009

March-April issue of Interactions Magazine devoted to trust

More and more content of Interactions Magazine is becoming available online. The latest March-April issue is devoted to trust and “explores the idea of assurance and the feelings of ease or unease related to relationships of confidence or skepticism”. Here are some of the treasures: The Counterfeit You Hunter Whitney If safeguarding our strings of […]

27 January 2009

Two Experientia/Vodafone workshops at the upcoming LIFT conference

Experientia, in collaboration with the Vodafone User Experience team, is running two workshops on 25 February at the upcoming LIFT conference to present the results of two recent projects and explore their impact. KashKlash: exchanging the future Join us for a workshop to explore alternative methods of exchange. The focus is on a possible future […]

4 January 2009

People-centred design in times of frugality

What are the profound socio-cultural changes currently taking place and are people-centred designers well equipped to help companies and institutions address this new context? The current economic recession is turning out to be very severe (The Guardian evokes the spectre of a 1930s-style depression), with rich countries being the biggest losers, and this slowly unfolding […]

4 January 2009

Where to post?

Lately posting has become a lot more complicated. Putting People First (PPF) started out some years ago as a dumping ground for all kinds of articles and readings that I found interesting and worthwhile sharing. It gradually became a much more precise resource, focused on user-centred design and experience design and has found a loyal […]

29 December 2008

interactions magazine: time for some change

The January-February 2009 issue of Interactions Magazine has just been launched, which in itself is a celebration of the fantastic transformation of the magazine under the careful stewardship of Jon Kolko and Richard Anderson, now one year ago. This transformation is never complete of course. With a wink to a recent political campaign, it’s also […]

7 December 2008

Experimenting with Facebook groups

As an experiment, we created two new Facebook groups today: Interaction Design Institute Ivrea This group is open to all who ever worked, studied, consulted or visited Interaction Design Institute Ivrea and liked what happened there. It complements an existing and popular email list. Putting People First This new Facebook platform for Putting People First […]

11 November 2008

Two UX magazines for subscribers only

Two user experience magazines landed on my desk this week. They are available only to subscribers, both in print and online. But subscriptions are relatively cheap. User Experience is the quarterly magazine of the Usability Professionals’ Association (membership is a modest 100 USD) and its latest issue is devoted to usability in transportation. Here are […]

2 October 2008

Writing for Core77

Just in case you don’t know, Experientia partner Mark Vanderbeeken also writes for Core77, the online design magazine. He takes a somewhat different angle there and post items on “Core” that do not really fit with the Putting People First themes. His latest post is about a new Milan-conceived desktop concept (which actually is also […]

31 August 2008

The debate on open access to Interactions Magazine

The September-October issue of Interactions Magazine has been published and is now shipping to all members of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI). The rest of us can access some limited content online (three articles in the current issue). Now that Interactions has become a highly valuable UX resource, thanks to the strong […]

20 June 2008

Bridging communities via interactions

Richard Anderson reports on a discussion session that Elizabeth Churchill and Experientia partner Mark Vanderbeeken participated in, held at the recent CHI conference in Florence, Italy, that dealt with the role of interactions magazine in bridging communities – “something essential for “user experience” to play the role it should be playing in business”. “Jon Kolko […]

26 May 2008

Putting People First is media partner of PICNIC 2008

Experientia/Putting People First has been invited to become a media partner of PICNIC 2008. Set up as a series of events – a top-class conference, seminars and workshops – PICNIC will be held in Amsterdam from 24 to 26 September this year and will attract thousands of creative minds from all over the world. Over […]

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