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We are an international experience design consultancy helping companies and organisations to innovate their products, services and processes by putting people and their experiences first.

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, […]

30 October 2014
The BancoSmart ATM by Experientia for UniCredit selected for ADI Design Index

Last year Experientia designed the interface of an ATM of UniCredit, a major Italian bank. The interface is now rolled out across the bank’s ATMs in Italy, to great satisfaction of the bank and the customers alike, since interaction speed is much faster and error rates went down dramatically. Last year UniCredit and Experientia also […]

29 October 2014
Experientia at EPIC: UX transforming a financial institution

In September 2014 Experientia gave a presentation on working as UX professionals with financial institutions at the EPIC conference in New York. The paper is now available on the EPIC site in HTML and PDF versions (free registration req’d). Abstract Application of a user-centered approach rooted in ethnographic methodologies facilitates a major European bank’s transition […]

6 September 2012
Marko Ahtisaari, “Nokia’s visionary,” wants to “out-design Apple”

Marko Athisaari, Nokia’s head of design, is pushing a general overall vision where advanced function is blended into unforgettable form¿post-industrial form. The dream, if not the exact language, is very familiar. Nokia is marketing its phone directly into the teeth of Apple’s strength: Design. He talks a great game, and fondles an impressive product. But […]

9 September 2011
Marko Ahtisaari: Patterns of Human Interaction (the Nokia N9 design video)

Marko Ahtisaari is the global head of Nokia’s design unit, and he is responsible for Nokia’s product and user experience design. During Copenhagen Design Week, Marko shared Nokia’s thoughts on how design will shape and influence the patterns of human interaction in the future at a Nokia event at Bella Sky Hotel. He then discussed […]

11 October 2008
Congratulations to the Ahtisaari family

On this blog, we have repeatedly featured the insights of Marko Ahtisaari, the former director of design strategy at Nokia and now director of brand and design at the advertising-supported phone company Blyk, and earlier this year we had the pleasure of working with him on a small project. Yesterday Marko’s father Martti Ahtisaari, the […]

2 October 2007
Marko Ahtisaari on the Blyk user experience
23 January 2007
Ahtisaari talk on the future of mobility
1 December 2005
Interview with Nokia design director Marko Ahtisaari

A recent interview with Marko Ahtisaari is now online at the Danish Design Center’s web portal. Ahtisaari is the Director of Design Strategy at Nokia and Sebastian Campion talked to him just before his presentation at the Ars Electronica conference in September. Besides talking about hot industry concepts such as ‘simplicity’, Ahtisaari offers some insight […]

18 January 2011
Devices will allow for more heads-up mobility

Marko Ahtisaari, senior vp and head of design strategy at Nokia, was interviewed on the [Nokia] Ideas Project site. In the [short] interview, Ahtisaari states that true mobility means devices that users can operate and interact with on the go, at a glance and even one-handed; an alternative to the immersive attention many current smart […]

23 June 2010
The huge challenge of Nokia’s head of design and UX

The acclaimed Italian journalist Luca De Biase recently interviewed Marko Ahtisaari (blog – wikipedia), Senior Vice President, Design and User Experience of Nokia, for the Italian business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. Here is what happened these last few weeks: A warning by Nokia on second-quarter sales and profits, a recent fall in the Nokia […]

16 May 2010
Nokia’s designs on Apple

As Nokia’s senior vice president of design and user experience, Marko Ahtisaari is the man charged with leading the software and hardware designers who must craft the challenger to the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices that the Finns have so far lacked, reports the FT’s tech blog. “I still think the whole industry is missing […]

30 January 2008
Blyk as a user-generated media company

Marek Pawlowski of MEX thinks that Blyk, the advertising-funded MVNO, is really a user-generated media company: “Blyk is typically described in press reports as ‘an advertising-funded MVNO’, but after spending some time looking at the company’s model and talking to the management, I’m inclined to think of it as a new type of mobile business. […]

4 September 2007
People regularly featured on this blog

In alphabetical order: A Marko Ahtisaari Ken Anderson B Nik Baerten Genevieve Bell Chris Bernard Tim Berners-Lee Ralf Beuker Nina Boesch Danah Boyd Stefana Broadbent Tyler Brûlé Bill Buxton C Jan Chipchase Hilary Cottam Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Alistair Curtis D Uday Dandavate Liz Danzico Regine Debatty Paul Dourish E Jyri Engeström Richard Eisermann G Jesse James […]

18 February 2007
Videos of “Digital, Life, Design” conference online
3 November 2006
Goodbye, mobile phone bills. Hello, advertising. [International Herald Tribune]
4 October 2006
How the human experience drives design at Nokia
1 June 2006
Nokia design director describes second stage of mobile communications

This afternoon Nokia’s Design Director Marko Ahtisaari talked about “Mobile 2.0: Social Renaissance” at Reboot 8.0 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In his talk, which is summarised by Nicolas Nova on Pasta & Vinegar, Ahtisaari described the second stage of mobile communication. The mobile industry today has a huge scale: it reached 2bn mobile subscribers today. Ahtisaari […]

23 September 2005
Ars Electronica posts audio of over forty presentations

Ars Electronica posted over forty mp3 audio files (or “podcasts”) of presentation that took place at its recent festival, 1-6 September 2005.

12 September 2005
Nokia design director on mobile future

Next year there will be more than 2 billion mobile phone users in the world. Marko Ahtisaari, Director of Design Strategy at Nokia, outlines seven challenges to our shared mobile future: reach, sometimes off versus always on, hackability, social primitives, openness, simplicity and justice. The post is a revised version of a talk given at […]

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