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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 […]

19 May 2011
Mike Kuniavsky on somatic data perception

Mike Kuniavsky was one of the speakers at this week’s Augmented Reality Event and his presentation Somatic Data Perception – Sensing Information Shadows (pdf) is already online. His main point is that “augmented reality is the experience of contextually appropriate data in the environment. And that experience not only can, but MUST, use every sense […]

8 December 2010
Interview with Mike Kuniavsky, author of “Smart Things”

David Bevans of Morgan Kaufmann Publishers interviewed Mike Kuniavsky, writer, designer, researcher and entrepreneur and co-founder of both ThingM, an electronic hardware design, development and manufacturing company, and Adaptive Path, and author of “Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design (previously featured on Putting People First). “Dave Bevans: You can look at how technology works […]

1 July 2010
Kuniavsky designing read-write web-created things

This fast approaching era of desktop manufacturing via advanced MakerBots and other 3D printers is in part why ThingM co-founder Mike Kuniavsky runs an annual conference called Sketching in Hardware. The event aims to “bring together a small group of people from technology, education, art and design worlds to talk about how to make creating […]

20 March 2009
Tish Shute interviews Mike Kuniavsky on things as services

Tish Shute’s UgoTrade website is quickly becoming one of the prime sites in the field. In the last months she interviewed Andy Stanford-Clark (IBM Master Inventor), Robert Rice (CEO of Neogence), Usman Haque (architect and director of Haque Design + Research and founder of Pachube), Adam Greenfield (Nokia’s head of design direction for service and […]

29 January 2009
Mike Kuniavsky detangling the meanings around the design of services

Mike Kuniavsky (ThingM) is currently writing a ubicomp user experience design book. He just posted a few tidbits on service design: “There are two fundamental ways of looking at a service: from the perspective of the technology and from the user experience perspective. […] From the technical perspective, a service is an atomic unit of […]

30 September 2008
Mike Kuniavsky reflecting on PICNIC’s Internet of Things session

Mike Kuniavsky, one of the founders of Adaptive Path and currently principal of the ubiquitous computing device studio ThingM, wrote a (somewhat technical) reflection on his Orange Cone blog about the Internet of Things session at the recent PICNIC conference in Amsterdam. “One of the ideas that emerged in multiple presentations in conversations is for […]

22 May 2007
Interview with Mike Kuniavsky

Tamara Adlin, a user experience consultant in Seattle, just published a long interview with Mike Kuniavsky on her interesting website UX Pioneers. Mike Kuniavsky (blog) researches, designs and writes about people’s experiences at the intersection of technology and everyday life. Companies and universities around the world use his 2003 book, “Observing the User Experience,” to […]

31 March 2007
Mike Kuniavsky on museum experience design
30 October 2012
Book: Meta Products – Building the Internet of Things

Meta Products Meaningful Design For Our Connected World by Wimer Hazenberg and Menno Huisman BIS Publishers, 160 pages 2012 Meta Products discusses the rise of the Internet of Things, a twenty-first century phenomenon in which physical consumer products (meta products) connect to the web and start communicating with each other by means of sensors and […]

25 September 2012
Book: Observing the User Experience

Observing the User Experience A Practitioner’s Guide to User Research by Elizabeth Goodman, PhD candidate, University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, and Intel PhD Fellow Mike Kuniavsky, Founder, ThingM Andrea Moed, Staff User Researcher at Inflection Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers 608 pages – September 21, 2012 (Amazon link) The […]

3 November 2010
Computational objects with information shadows

Mike Kuniavsky, writer, designer, researcher and entrepreneur and co-founder of both ThingM, an electronic hardware design, development and manufacturing company, and Adaptive Path, has written a new book: “Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design (already previously featured on Putting People First). In a post on Boing Boing, he delves into the topic of designing […]

15 October 2010
Device Design Day videos

Kicker Studio organised on 20 August a Device Design Day in San Francisco, exploring the design of the next generation of products. Most videos are now online: Stuart Karten: User-driven innovation [31:40] Stuart Karten Design The fast pace of technology development makes almost anything possible. The challenge that product developers face is implementing technologies in […]

4 May 2010
Smart Things – Chapters 3 and 6

After posting the first chapter of his new book Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design (see also this earlier post), Mike Kuniavsky is now doing the same with chapter three and six. The final book, he says, will be different and this is no substitute for it, but it’s a taste of what the […]

6 April 2010
The Middle of Moore’s Law

Mike Kuniavsky has posted a pre-print draft of the first chapter of his new book Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design (see also this earlier post). The final book, he says, will be different and this is no substitute for it, but it’s a taste of what the book is about. Read part 1 […]

25 March 2010
Book: Ubiquitous computing user experience design

At Lift France 09, Mike Kuniavsky spoke about Changing Things: Fab Labs, towards decentralized design and production of material products (link to 25 min. video). Kuniavsky’s new book on ubiquitous computing user experience design is now finished and will be shipping in August. Based on case studies, the book will show the evolution of products […]

1 February 2010
The Internet of things: Networked objects and smart devices

Constantine Valhouli, principal of the Massachusetts based Hammersmith Group, which consults to developers on the marketing and branding of luxury properties, and to city leaders on reviving historical downtowns, just published an overview of the potential for connected devices entitled “The Internet of things: Networked objects and smart devices.” It quotes Rob Faludi, Julian Bleecker, […]

17 December 2009
Ubiquitous computing bridges devices and services

Mike Kuniavsky of ThingM was a speaker at XD Forum, Intuit’s internal user experience design conference, last week. His half-hour talk focused on the relationship between ubicomp devices and services. The talking points and slides can be downloaded from his blog, Orange Cone.

4 November 2009
The Fuzzy Boundary: Four products that are also services

Mike Kuniavsky of ThingM was invited to speak at Kimiko Ryokai’s Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces class at UC Berkeley yesterday, where he discussed the relationship between products and services in a ubicomp environment, and presented a set of examples of device/service relationships that show some of the variation in the possibilities. Download […]

18 July 2009
Book: Human-Computer Interaction – Development Process

Human-Computer Interaction: Development Process (Series: Human Factors and Ergonomics) by Andrew Sears and Julie A. Jacko (Editors) CRC Press, March 2, 2009 Hardcover, 356 pages Amazon – Google Books Preview Hailed on first publication as a compendium of foundational principles and cutting-edge research, The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook has become the gold standard reference in this […]

23 June 2009
First LIFT09 France videos are online

The first LIFT France conference took place last way in Marseilles. Being in Seoul, South Korea, myself, I missed it entirely, but luckily the videos are now becoming available. Welcome to Lift! Lift founder Laurent Haug and Lift France chair Daniel Kaplan will explain the theme and organization of the conference. Initial and necessary challenge: […]

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