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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.

14 February 2014
anthropology + design: nicolas nova

Rachel Carmen Ceasar (@rceasara) is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Medical Anthropology Program at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco (California, USA). She writes about the subjective and scientific stakes in exhuming mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and dictatorship in Spain today. She is now running a short series on Savage Minds […]

3 April 2013
EthnographyMatters on combining qualitative and quantitative data (edition by Nicolas Nova)

The April 2013 EthnographyMatters edition is edited by Nicolas Nova, consultant and researcher at the Near Future Laboratory, and is about combining qualitative and quantitative data. In his introduction, Nova writes: “While ethnography generally draws on qualitative data, it does not not mean that quantitative approaches shouldn’t be employed in the research process. Combining the […]

13 November 2012
Nicolas Nova interviewed on Ethnography Matters

The people from Ethnography Matters, an ethnography group blog that is celebrating its first year anniversary today, interviewed their new regular contributor Nicolas Nova. He joins the all-woman team of Tricia Wang, Heather Ford, Rachelle Annechino, and Jenna Burrell. Nicolas teaches at the Geneva University of Arts and Design, works closely with design and corporate […]

14 February 2010
Nicolas Nova: from observing failures to provoking them

The annotated slides from the talk “Design and Designed Failures: From Observing Failurs To Provoking Them” by Nicolas Nova (Lift Lab) at the Interaction10 conference are now available on Slideshare. “Failures are often overlooked in design research. The talk addressed this issue by describing two approaches: observing design flops and identify symptoms of failures OR […]

1 March 2009
Nicolas Nova and David Rose on change at LIFT09

The entire morning of the first day of the LIFT conference was devoted to change. I selected a few presentations here that I found personally most stimulating. Note: this post contains embedded video which might now not show up in your rss feed. Nicolas Nova Nicolas Nova (blog) is a user experience researcher who studied […]

14 July 2007
Slides available of talk by Nicolas Nova in Turin
2 July 2007
Nicolas Nova in Turin

  Nicolas Nova, Swiss Federal Research Institute (CH) Designing a new ecology of mixed digital and physical environments 12 July 2007 – 7pm Order of Architects of the Province of Turin via G. Giolitti 1 – Torino – 3rd floor Nicolas Nova will give a critical overview of the evolution towards “hybridised environments”, i.e. mixed […]

24 January 2015
[Book] Beyond Design Ethnography

Beyond Design Ethnography: How Designers Practice Ethnographic Research Edited by Prof. Nicolas Nova along with Lysianne Léchot-Hirt of HEAD–Genève (CH), and Fabienne Kilchör and Sebastien Fasel (Emphase.ch) Head-Genève, January 2015 What do designers mean when they say they’re going to do “ethnography” and “field research”? What are the relationships between observing people and designing products […]

5 March 2014
Reflecting on anthropology and design

A few weeks back I wrote that Rachel Carmen Ceasar (@rceasara) is running a short series on Savage Minds that features interviews with design researchers, ethnographic hackers, and field work makers with their take on anthropology and design. Besides her interview with Nicolas Nova, she has now published a couple more interviews: Anne Galloway – […]

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. […]

19 September 2013
EthnographyMatters on the relationships between ethnography, fiction and design

This month’s theme of EthnographyMatters, edited by Nicolas Nova, is about the relationships between ethnography, speculative fiction and design. “In design circles, the current interest in “design fiction” is geared towards exploring how prototyping and storytelling can benefit from each other. Design fiction use standard objects and media conventions as a way to express ideas […]

6 May 2013
Tweeting Minarets: joining quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

In the last post of the EthnographyMatters Ethnomining edition (edited by Nicolas Nova), David Ayman Shamma @ayman gives a personal perspective on mixed methods. Based on the example of data produced by people of Egypt who stood up against then Egyptian president and his party in 2011, he advocates for a comprehensive approach for data […]

23 April 2013
Plant Wars player patterns: visualization as scaffolding for ethnographic insight

The latest contribution to Ethnomining, the April 2013 Ethnographymatters edition on combining qualitative and quantitative data, edited by Nicolas Nova, is by Rachel Shadoan and Alicia Dudek who present an interesting case study, based on visualizations, involving an on-line role-playing game. “We embarked on a study to understand both how the Plant Wars players played […]

12 April 2013
Insights from network data analysis that yield field observations

As part of Ethnomining, the April 2013 Ethnographymatters edition on combining qualitative and quantitative data, edited by Nicolas Nova, Fabien Girardin describes his work with networked/sensor data at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Based on this inspiring case study, he discusses the overall process, how mixed-methods are relevant in his work, and what kind lessons […]

13 February 2013
From GoPros to vanity camera drones

Nicolas Nova went skiing and saw a lot of GoPro cameras on people’s heads. He got intrigued, and wrote an Ethnography Matters column where he questions informal urban bricolage, weird cameras, curious gestures and wonders about their cultural implications. “Head-mounted cameras, necklace cams, vanity drones… all these artefacts highlight how digital photography evolved and how […]

3 September 2012
Curious Rituals – Gestural interaction in the digital everyday

Curious Rituals is a research project conducted at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena) in July-August 2012 by Nicolas Nova (The Near Future Laboratory / HEAD-Genève), and Katherine Miyake, Nancy Kwon and Walton Chiu from the media design program. This research project is about gestures, postures and digital rituals that typically emerged with the use […]

1 August 2012
The ethnographer’s reading list

Ethnography Matters has embarked on a new series called “The Ethnographer’s Reading List” with UX professionals discussing their summer reading. Here are the latest three instalments: Nicolas Nova Nicolas Nova, who holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland), is a consultant and researcher at the Near Future Laboratory, […]

1 May 2012
A retrospective of talks given by ethnographers at Lift Conference since 2006

Of all the conferences that are dedicated to discussions on technology and society, there’s one that has continued to consistently curate an amazing line of up speakers while maintaining an intimate environment for meaningful exchanges without any elitist barriers to participation – Lift, writes Tricia Wang. After her talk at Lift 2012, Wang had a […]

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