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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 […]

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.

22 July 2015

The student experience and the future of the library

Libraries have moved from being the location for search, access and advice to playing a much smaller role within a much larger information landscape, writes a researcher of JISC, the UK charity that champion the use of digital technologies in UK education and research. The intimacy between the student or researcher and library has eroded […]

17 July 2015

Using collective intelligence to solve complex societal issues

Acclaimed anthropologist Stefana Broadbent leads a new “Collective Intelligence” unit at Nesta, the UK innovation charity, that is “looking at ways to support the emergence of Collective Intelligence to solve complex societal issues”. More concretely, they are studying how patient organisations can use different platforms to integrate clinical and lay knowledge to help sufferers and […]

17 July 2015

Interview with Amy Parnell, Director of UX at LinkedIn

SocialTimes recently chatted with Amy Parnell, the director of user experience at LinkedIn, to learn more about what goes into a redesign (or a slight tweak). What kind of research goes into design changes on LinkedIn, especially as more advertising enters the mix? AP: We gather data from a variety of sources – market research, […]

13 July 2015

Why are microwave ovens all so difficult to use?

The first ‘science oven’, launched in 1967, was simple to use but then digital interfaces came along and made things worse. The real problem, according to Charles Arthur, is that microwave ovens live too long. “In the end, I think there’s a simple reason why these interfaces have not merged more rapidly: life-spans. It’s not […]

2 July 2015

Interview with HTC’s head designer on experience design

Drew Bamford is the person responsible for making the ITC’s experience design – how the company’s devices feel and work like ‘HTC phones’ rather than just another Android handset. HTC’s head designer’s purvue is focused on the digital part of the phone – the experience design of which the company calls HTC Sense. This incorporates […]

1 July 2015

[Book] Drawing Energy

Drawing Energy: Exploring perceptions of the invisible Authors: Flora Bowden, Dan Lockton, Rama Gheerawo and Clare Brass. Editor: Rama Gheerawo. Royal College of Art, London, 2015 Free download – Free printed copy Abstract Drawing Energy describes a drawing-based research project undertaken by the Royal College of Art as part of SusLabNWE (2012-15). The project explored […]

19 June 2015

Nesta report and case studies on people-centred smart cities

For smart cities to reach their full potential, they need to focus on the citizens living in them, not just technology, write researchers Tom Saunders and Peter Baeck of Nesta, the UK innovation charity Traditionally, smart cities have emphasised hardware – the internet of things, ‘big data’ and advanced computing – over the needs of […]

13 June 2015

[Book] Designing Connected Products

Designing Connected Products: UX for the Consumer Internet of Things By Claire Rowland, Elizabeth Goodman, Martin Charlier, Ann Light, Alfred Lui O’Reilly Media, May 2015 726 pages [Amazon link] Abstract Networked thermostats, fitness monitors, and door locks show that the Internet of Things can (and will) enable new ways for people to interact with the […]

13 June 2015

Examining the proliferation of magical narratives in technology

There has been a lot of talk about magic lately in critical, cultural and technological spaces; what it does, who it is for, and who are the ones to control or enact it. As a way of unpacking a few elements of this thinking, this essay by Natalie Kane follows on from the conversations that […]

2 June 2015

The user experience of binge watching (and other behavioral shifts in the multiscreen home)

Today, consumers are prepared to spend significant amounts of time binge watching because they can determine their own viewing schedules, allowing them to watch what they want, when they want, writes Colin Morrison, Vice President of Global Sales Operations for Ericsson’s TV and media business. This behavioral shift puts more importance than ever before on […]

25 May 2015

A Bauhaus-inspired, human-centered internet of things

In a short opinion piece in The Guardian, Jenny Judge and Julia Powles state that the Bauhaus movement could be a model for a more human-centered internet of things: “Back in the early 20th century, the Bauhaus movement defined itself with two slogans: first, that form should follow function; and second, that design should be […]

10 May 2015

Developing patient-centred care: an ethnographic study of patient perceptions and influence on quality improvement

Developing patient-centred care: an ethnographic study of patient perceptions and influence on quality improvement By Alicia Renedo and Cicely Marston BMC Health Services Research (2015) 15:122 DOI 10.1186/s12913-015-0770-y Background – Understanding quality improvement from a patient perspective is important for delivering patient-centred care. Yet the ways patients define quality improvement remains unexplored with patients often […]

9 May 2015

Modernizing the US immigration system with user-centered design

Vivian Graubard describes on WhiteHouse.gov how the U.S. Digital Service is working on modernizing the USA’s still largely paper based immigration service, pairing a better technical base with user-centered design. We traveled to USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) operations centers in Kansas City, Missouri and Lincoln, Nebraska to learn how adjudicators work, how […]

5 May 2015

Intel anthropologist creates data processing tool for Quantified Self community

When data can be both individual, and potentially aggregated across many people, who does and does not have a say in what “the data” ultimately means? A thought provoking piece by Dawn Nafus, an anthropologist at Intel Labs. Through [our] work [with the Quantified Self community] we [anthropologists] realized that there were in fact plenty […]

1 May 2015

The most important part of self-driving cars will be human control

Until now, the public dialogue about self-driving cars has centered mostly on technology, writes Michael Nees, Assistant professor, Lafayette College. The public’s been led to believe that engineers will soon remove humans from driving. Researchers in the field of human factors—experts on how people interact with machines—have shown that we shouldn’t ignore the human element […]

30 April 2015

Designer and researcher: the new creative partnership

In the 20th Century creating a close partnership between copywriter and art director led to a creative renaissance in advertising. In the 21st century the relationship between designer and researcher will do the same, argues Rob Varney, experience design director of FoolProof. This approach liberates research and research people from a project role which is […]

10 April 2015

We are citizens, not mere physical masses of data for harvesting

The deal we have struck with the information society over the extent to which our lives are shaped and our privacy invaded requires urgent renegotiation, argues law professor Julie E Cohen at the annual Law and Media and Communications lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science this week. A video of her […]

7 April 2015

[Book] Practical Empathy

Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work by Indi Young Rosenfeld Media, 2015 Synopsis Conventional product development focuses on the solution. Empathy is a mindset that focuses on people, helping you to understand their thinking patterns and perspectives. Practical Empathy will show you how to gather and compare these patterns to make better […]

7 April 2015

Bosch uses UX approach to spark enthusiasm for electric driving

Bosch, the German multinational engineering and electronics company, is applying a UX approach to help spark enthusiasm for electric driving, and to develop a “fascinating” user interface for electric vehicles. The project website consists of three sections (some have short videos): Charged up For six months, the Bosch user experience team analyzed how the car […]

3 April 2015

Design prototypes for Nairobi, Kenya

In 2014, Ericsson and UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) entered a three-year partnership with the intention to collaborate around Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and sustainable urbanization. One of the first explorations was driven by the Ericsson User Experience Lab in collaboration with their colleagues at Sustainability Research and UN-Habitat. The intention and scope […]

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