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22 July 2006

Former Experientia intern Janina Boesch wins 2006 Adobe Design Achievement Award

Manhattan Dissected
Former Experientia intern Janina Boesch just won the 2006 Adobe Design Achievement Award in the category “interactive media” with her RISD degree project “Manhattan Dissected“.

“Manhattan Dissected” is an interactive application based on a subjectively viewed Manhattan. Somewhere between a digital city guide and a personal exploration, this project includes 3D navigation, 360-degree views, photos, sound recordings, and historical information.

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards celebrate student achievement that reflects the powerful convergence of technology and creative arts. Students from schools in 24 countries throughout the world submitted nearly 1,500 entries to this year’s competition. Winners were chosen in nine categories, representing work by some of the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, and computer artists from the world’s top institutions of higher education.

Janina Boesch was born in 1978 in Bremen, Germany. After completing an apprenticeship to become a digital media designer, she moved to the U.S., where she did a one-year internship at 4 Corners, New York. In 2003, Janina began to study graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design. At RISD, she was not only taught the beauty of typography but also learned to combine her previous interest in interactive media with her new love for clean and thoughtful designs. She recently started to work for the New York Pentagram office, where she became a full-time designer after she graduated in June of this year.

Janina was an Experientia intern in January-February 2006 and worked on several projects, including the design of this blog.

23 July 2008

In three years…

Experientia
Three years ago we founded Experientia. It has been a very exciting ride since.

In three years we worked with some of the best companies in the field and some of the best people too.

Here they are in alphabetical order:

Our clients
Alcatel-Lucent (France, Spain), Area Association (Italy), Arits Consulting (Belgium), AVIS (Italy), Barclays (Italy, UK), Blyk (Finland, UK), Cittadellarte (Italy), City of Genk (Belgium), Condé Nast (Italy), Conifer Research (USA), CSI (Italy), CVS-Pharmacy (USA), Design Flanders (Belgium), Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Expedia (UK), Facem (Italy), Fidelity International (UK), Finmeccanica (Italy), Flanders in Shape (Belgium), Haier (China), Hewlett Packard (India), IEDC-Bled School of Management (Slovenia), IKS-Core Consulting (Italy), Istud Foundation (Italy), Kodak (USA), LAit (Italy), Last Minute (UK), Max Mara (Italy), Media & Design Academy (Belgium), Microsoft (USA), Motorola (USA), MPG Ferrero (Italy), Nokia (Denmark, France, Finland), Research in Motion (Canada), Samsung (Italy, Korea, UK), Swisscom (Switzerland), Tandem Seven (USA), Torino World Design Capital (Italy), Voce di Romagna (Italy), Vodafone (Germany, Italy, UK), and Whirlpool (UK).

Our collaborators (interns, consultants and staff)
Sven Adolph, Ana Camila Amorim, Andrea Arosio, An Beckers-Vanderbeeken, Josef ‘Yosi’ Bercovitch, Enrico Bergese, Niti Bhan, Elena Bobbola, Janina Boesch, Giovanni Buono, Donatella Capretti, Manlio Cavallaro, Gaurav Chadha, Dave Chiu, Raffaella Citterio, Sarah Conigliaro, Piermaria Cosina, Marco Costacurta, Laura Cunningham, Regine Debatty, Stefano Dominici, Saulo Dourado, Tal Drori, Dina Mohamed El-Sayed, Marion Froehlich, Giuseppe Gavazza, Valeria Gemello, Michele Giannasi, Young-Eun Han, Vanessa Harden, Yasmina Haryono, Bernd Hitzeroth, Juin-Yi ‘Suno’ Huang, Tom Kahrl, Erez Kikin-Gil, Ruth Kikin-Gil, Helena Kraus, Francesca Labrini, Alberto Lagna, Shadi Lahham, Jörg Liebsch, Cristina Lobnik, Maya Lotan, Ofer Luft, Davide Marazita, Claude Martin, Camilla Masala, Myriel Milicevic, Kim Mingo, Emanuela Miretti, Massimo Morelli, Peter Morville, Muzayun Mukhtar, Giorgio Olivero, Pablo Onnias, Hector Ouilhet, Christian Pallino, Giorgio Partesana, Magda Passarella, Romina Pastorelli, Danilo Penna, Andrea Piccolo, Rachelly Plaut, Laura Polazzi, Laura Puppo, Alain Regnier, Enza Reina, Anna Rink, Michal Rinott, Silvana Rosso, Emanuela Sabena, Vera de Sa-Varanda, Craig Schinnerer, Fabio Sergio, Manuela Serra, Sofia Shores, Massimo Sirelli, Natasha Sopieva, Yaniv Steiner, Riccardo Strobbia, Victor Szilagyi, David Tait, Beverly Tang, Akemi Tazaki, Luca Troisi, Raymond Turner, Haraldur Unnarsson, Ilaria Urbinati, Carlo Valbonesi, Marcello Varaldi, Giorgio Venturi, Anna Vilchis, Dvorit Weinheber, Alexander Wiethoff, Junu Joseph Yang, and Mario Zannone.

Our partners
Amberlight, Design for Lucy, Fecit, Finsa, Flow Interactive, Foviance, Italia 150, Launch Institute, Prospect, Savigny Research, Syzygy, Torino World Design Capital, UPA, URN, Usability Partners International, Usercentric, UserFocus, User Interface Design, and UXnet.

Our friends (insofar not covered by the above)
Nik Baerten, Valerie Bauwens, Toon Berckmoes, Ralf Beuker, Marco Bevolo, Daniella Botta, Stefana Broadbent, Francesco Cara, Jan Chipchase, Allan Chochinov, Elizabeth Churchill, Gillian Crampton-Smith, Regine Debatty, Federico De Giuli, Jesse James Garrett, Adam Greenfield, Hubert Guillaud, Wilfried Grommen, Laurent Haug, Bob Jacobson, Marguerite Kahrl, Anna Kirah, Simona Lodi, Peter Merholz, Bill Moggridge, Donald Norman, Nicolas Nova, Bruce Nussbaum, Laura Orestano, Vittorio Pasteris, Gianluigi Perotto, Carlo Ratti, Hans Robertus, Bruce Sterling, John Thackara, Joannes Vandermeulen, Lowie Vermeersch, Judy Wert, and Younghee Yung.

Thanks to you all!

Pierpaolo Perotto, Mark Vanderbeeken, Michele Visciola and Jan-Christoph Zoels
The Experientia partners

PS. We are constantly looking for great talent! We currently have openings for interaction designers, communication designer, information architect, IT staff, usability consultants, etc.

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 Garrett
Fabien Girardin
Anand Giridharadas
Bruno Giussani
Adam Greenfield

H
Laurent Haug

I
Mizuko Ito

J
Bob Jacobson
Matt Jones

K
Jonathan Kestenbaum
Anne Kirah
Dirk Knemeyer
Jon Kolko
Mike Kuniavsky

L
Loïc Lemeur
Dan Lockton
Victor Lombardi

M
Nico Macdonald
John Maeda
Ranjit Makkuni
Ezio Manzini
Roger Martin
Stefano Marzano
Simona Maschi
Bruce Mau
Grant McCracken
Jess McMullin
Peter Merholz
Crysta Metcalf
Bill Moggridge
Peter Morville
Ulla-Maaria Mutanen

N
Jakob Nielsen
Donald Norman
Nicolas Nova
Bruce Nussbaum

P
Steve Portigal

R
Carlo Ratti
Howard Rheingold
Louis Rosenfeld
Stephen Rustow

S
Dan Saffer
Nathan Shedroff
Jared Spool
Yaniv Steiner
Bruce Sterling

T
John Thackara

V
Marco van Hout
Rob van Kranenburg
Mark Vanderbeeken
Joannes Vandermeulen
Jeffrey Veen
Timo Veikkola
Michele Visciola
Eric von Hippel

W
Tricia Wang
Luke Wroblewski

Z
Paola Zini
Jan-Christoph Zoels

26 July 2007

Former Experientia intern, designer on Pentagram Design project that just won prestigious IDEA award

Interactive model of Lower Manhattan
Former Experientia intern Nina Boesch was the designer and programmer (under the creative lead of Lisa Strausfeld) on Pentagram Design‘s “Interactive model of Lower Manhattan” that just won an Industrial Design Excellence Award.

Co-sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America, the Industrial Design Excellence Awards recognise the best product designs of the year.

This interactive architectural model of Lower Manhattan is the visual and educational centerpiece of Wall Street Rising‘s new Downtown Information Center. It provides information about the area’s history, points of interest and events. The model also serves as a communal space that visitors and residents can gather around, fostering a sense of community. A gyro-mouse is used to navigate and highlight streets, buildings and other sites, and information about the selections is projected onto the model. In addition to practical information, there are also eight short historical documentaries about the area.

Nina Boesch was born in 1978 in Bremen, Germany. She studied at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany (where also current Experientia collaborator Marion Fröhlich graduated from) and at the Rhode Island School of Design (where Experientia partner Jan-Christoph Zoels studied and taught and two other current Experientia interns – Laura Cunningham and Young-Eun Han – graduated from).

Last year Boesch won the 2006 Adobe Design Achievement Award in the category “interactive media” with her RISD thesis project “Manhattan Dissected“, an interactive application based on a subjectively viewed Manhattan. She started working for the New York Pentagram office after her graduation in 2006.

Janina was an Experientia intern in January-February 2006 and worked on several projects, including the design of this blog.

17 April 2006

New features, new look and new home for Putting People First

Experientia
This is the first post in the relaunched Putting People First, a gateway full of resources for the experience design community.

Sporting a clean and refreshing design by Experientia partner Jan-Christoph Zoels and Janina Boesch, PPF is conceived to function as an entry gate for all matters related to experience design, user experience and innovation.

Features and tools

The top navigation bar, an idea of Experientia partner Michele Visciola, organises all categories, including some new ones, grouped under easy-to-remember headings, whereas the right-side column features “The Guesthouse”, with feeds from a guest blog and the latest news from Experientia.

The site takes advantage of some of the more advanced WordPress technologies. Readers will particularly appreciate the Live Search and Live Archives tools, which allow highly accurate search and easy access to the archives. For more information on the how and why of this site, check the About section.

Guest bloggers

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening up Putting People First to guest bloggers and guest contributors. If you are interested please write us: info at experientia dot com.

URL, post links, redirects, email updates and new rss feed

The URL is www.experientia.com/blog. All old post, category or archive URL’s on the former TypePad blog at blog.vanderbeeken.com will automatically redirect to the corresponding page on the new site.

However, please make sure to update your rss feed (which will not update automatically) and bookmarks.

You can also choose to receive your Putting People First updates via email rather than via an rss reader or by viewing the web site

Webmasters and bloggers: it would be nice if you could also update your blogrolls and post links. If you linked to a particular post (you can check this by doing a search for “vanderbeeken”), click on it and you will automatically be taken to the same post on the new site.

Design and development credits

The site was redesigned by Jan-Christoph Zoels and Janina Boesch. Technical development was in the hands of the WordPress wizzard Beverly Tang.

18 January 2006

What others are saying

Scandinavian Design Center, Sweden
“One of five highlighted international blogs on design”

Danish Design Center – 27 September 2006
“One of 10 design blogs worth visiting”

Bruce Nussbaum [Business Week] – 12 June 2006
“One of my favorite blogs”

David Armano [experience designer | associate creative director for Digitas] – 2 May 2006
“Mark is another individual who is doing great things for design and business. If you’re into Experience Design, Mark’s blog should be on your list of reading material. And he keeps his blog fresh daily. I don’t know how he does it.”

Bruce Nussbaum [Business Week] – 2 May 2006
“Check out Mark Vanderbeeken’s redesigned blog ‘putting people first’. It focuses on consumer experiences but has a lot more interesting stuff on innovation. The redesign is beautifully done. Clear information design. Also check out Mark’s latest project, Experentia.com.”

Alan Chochinov [Core77's Design Blog] – 19 April 2006
“Mark Vanderbeeken’s excellent blog has been relaunched (from TypePad to WordPress, for those who are counting), nicely designed by Jan-Christoph Zoels and Janina Boesch, and teched up by Beverly Tang. As usual, the site provides fantastic posts dealing with experience design, user experience, and innovation, but now there’s a crazy-comprehensive index bar at the top and a “guest house” running down the right side, featuring guest bloggers and news from Experientia.”

Ralf Beuker [Zollverein School of Management and Design] – 19 April 2006
“The range of topics PPF addresses is somehow enormous and a look at their comprehensive list of blog categories gives you a good idea what Mark and his colleagues have addressed in the past.”

Rudy De Waele [m-trends] – 19 April 2006
“I really enjoy your blog, it’s one of my regular ‘not to miss’ weekly stops in blogland.”

Bob Jacobson [Total Experience | Bluefire Consulting | Cayenne Consulting] – 19 February 2006
“Mark occupies a nexus within the emerging experience-design profession and community. His reportage and practice are essential to the field. Top flight.”

Ralf Beuker [Zollverein School of Management and Design] – 8 February 2006
“Mark is one of the fastest bloggers I’ve met so far. He seems to have his right & left brain directly connected to the keyboard of his computer and instantly posts on his blog “Putting People First” whenever a webnews in the field of experience design gets to his attention.”

Bob Jacobson [Total Experience] – 22 January 2006
“An excellent new blog [that] puts a uniquely continental twist on the meaning and practice of experience design.”

Rudy De Waele [m-trends] – 12 January 2006
“Your blog is excellent and is becoming one of the key references in usability and experience design.”

Nicolas Nova [Pasta and Vinegar | LIFT conference] – 6 January 2006
“I like to peruse your blog a lot; it offers compelling insights about user-centered design and innovation”

Paul Greenberg [President, The 56 Group LLC] – 20 December 2005
“Graham [Hill] sent me an email this morning and attached to it was a link to a posting in The Customer Experience Management blog, “Putting People First” run by Mark Vanderbeeken of Experientia. The blog itself is interesting and I would recommend you take a look at it, but what the post concerns itself with is a pretty complete listing of the blogs and companies that are associated with CEM. I’d be filing this list away if I were you.”

Matt Zellmer [Project Manager, Sun Microsystems] – 13 December 2005
“In the past couple of months some new resources worthy of a mention have come to my attention. One is a blog called “Putting People First” authored by Mark Vanderbeeken which I’ve found to have some great thoughts and information. Another is a post on Putting People First with links to some great experience design-related resources including some Del.icio.us lists Mark has assembled. (Thanks Mark!).”

Kristi Olson [User Experience Research Consultant, Target] – 10 December 2005
“Just an fyi that I think you always post the *best* articles on your blog. Thanks! Please keep it up!”

Peter J. Bogaards [Founder, BogieLand] – 23 November 2005
“Nice to notice that you are so active within the community of UX. I really like your blog: up-to-date, great editorial choice and well-connected.”

Bruce Nussbaum [Business Week] – 6 November 2005
“A massive innovation blog from a design experience company – Mark Vanderbeeken trackbacked me and I checked out his company’s blog–wow. It has a long list of innovation blogs that may prove valuable to anyone interested in experience design, innovation and design in generation. Vanderbeeken is one of four partners in Experientia, a Turin-based consultancy.”

Susan Abbott [Customer Experience Crossroads] – 24 September 2005
“A very interesting blog, don’t go there if you only have five minutes.”

Richard Linington [Experience Research] – 1 September 2005
“Just a short email to say that your blog is an absolutely brilliant resource.”

21 September 2005

About

About Putting People First
This non-commercial experience design gateway is developed as a public service to all those interested in the broader field of experience design and user-centred design.
All posts have in common that they reveal some insight on how to create products and services that are driven by an understanding of people.
Putting People First is maintained by Mark Vanderbeeken of the Italy-based experience design company Experientia with the support of his business partners and his readers. It is read by about 6000 people per day, most of whom access the contents via rss.
Click here to read what others are saying about Putting People First. For some more insight on Mark’s thinking, read this interview

Copyright policy
Putting People First adheres to the copyright rule on quotations, which allows for a summary of an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report. Photos and graphics are usually directly from the original new story or website and therefore fall under the same quotation rule.
We sometimes provide direct links to downloads, but these downloads are always located on external sites (unless we are explicitly authorised by the publishing party).
PPF also follows standard blog practices, such as TrackBack, PingBack and the “(via …)” mention to identify sources.

Design and development credits
Putting People First runs on WordPress. The site was redesigned by Jan-Christoph Zoels and Janina Boesch, with valuable usability and navigation support by Michele Visciola. Technical development was in the hands of Beverly Tang.

Language
Putting People First uses British English, so we talk about user-centred, specialisation and behaviour.

Linkrot
Since Putting People First contains thousands of links to external sites, older links are vulnerable to linkrot and may not work anymore. We cannot take responsibility for that and trust you can find the materials through other means.

Sources
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