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13 October 2015
Experientia report: Design for ageing gracefully

Design for Ageing Gracefully Rethinking Health and Wellness for the Elderly: Public Services Asian Insights & Design Innovation, DesignSingapore Council October 2015

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
17 June 2010
Resistance is futile and the design of politics

Paul Dourish, a researcher frequently written about on this blog (check e.g. Monday’s mentioning of his paper on Postcolonial Computing), has posted a few more papers that are worth exploring: “Resistance is Futile”: Reading Science Fiction Alongside Ubiquitous Computing Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Paul Dourish, Department of Informatics, University of California Genevieve Bell, Director of […]

8 February 2010
Microsoft Research Social Computing Symposium 2010

For the past four years, Microsoft Research (MSR) has sponsored a symposium on social computing that “brings together academic and industry researchers, developers, writers, and influential commentators in order to open new lines of communication among previously disconnected groups.” The theme of the 2010 symposium, held at ITP at NYU, was “The city as platform”, […]

27 May 2009
The changing TV experience

Consumer Electronics 3.0 is the name Intel has chosen for a new concept of seamless integration of internet and television. The CE 3.0 website is rich in content, but more than that, it exemplifies the relevance of a user-centred approach in the design of new and innovative technology-based products and services. A few weeks ago, […]

8 April 2009
Sun Dial, a mobile application to alert muslims to prayer

Religious technology may seem like an oxymoron, but as more people obtain mobile phones, iPhones and other devices to help them manage their lives, it’s only natural that many of them will be using their gadgets to help them enrich their spiritual life as well. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a […]

3 April 2009
Intel/GE healthcare alliance underlines strategic value of ethnographic research

If you ever need a solid case on why ethnographic research can provide strategic value to companies, yesterday’s announcement of the $250 million Intel/GE healthcare alliance provides you with a great one. Intel has for years heavily invested in on-the-ground observation and ethnography. Its focus is often on understanding deeper issues that can affect the […]

1 March 2009
What Margaret Mead could teach techs

Fortune Magazine profiles Dr Genevieve Bell, an Australian-born anthropologist and ethnographer, and the Director of User Experience in Intel Corporation’s Digital Home Group. Part of Bell’s job is to help the company understand quirks of human behavior that could determine whether its strategies fly or flop. With computers taking new forms and turning up in […]

1 December 2008
The many futures of our digital lives

We all live in a digital world, although it means different things to different people. In her inaugural public lecture as Adelaide’s Thinker in Residence, Intel’s Genevieve Bell will explore how digital technology is shaping our lives, our culture, and our future. Dr Genevieve Bell is an anthropologist and ethnographer with both an academic and […]

21 October 2008
Science fiction and HCI/interaction design

Nicolas Nova has posted some quick pointers about the relationships between science-fiction and HCI/interaction design on his blog: Human Computer Interaction in Science Fiction Movies by Michael Schmitz surveys the different kind of interaction design sci-fi movies envisioned during the past decade. It also interestingly describes how the film technicians made prototype possible and legible. […]

1 October 2008
“Resistance is Futile”: reading science fiction alongside ubiquitous computing

The Crucible/Microsoft HCI Reading Group at Cambridge University is a journal-reading group dedicated to review and critique of recent theoretical developments in human-computer interaction. In early August, the group discussed a draft manuscript from Paul Dourish (UC, Irvine) and Genevieve Bell (Intel) that is currently under review, entitled “‘Resistance is Futile’: Reading Science Fiction Alongside […]

26 September 2008
Experientia’s Jan-Christoph Zoels at Picnic /2

Experientia’s senior partner Jan-Christoph Zoels is this week at the Picnic conference in Amsterdam and is sending regular updates. Here is his second one, covering the Thursday morning sessions: Group actions just got easier! – Clay Shirky jump-started the second day of PICNIC 08 with stories about the problems and challenges of social media. In […]

23 April 2008
Cultures of virtual worlds

A two-day conference this week will bring together scholars, developers and participants in virtual worlds to discuss the emerging cultures being created from a range of online communities. Event organizers theorize that virtual worlds can be studied by researchers in the fields of humanities and social sciences. Cultural anthropologist Mimi Ito, Intel anthropologist Genevieve Bell, […]

14 March 2008
When Users “Do” the Ubicomp

When Users “Do” the Ubicomp is the great sounding title of an article by Finnish researcher Antti Oulasvirta in the March-April issue of Interactions Magazine. Abstract: Computers have become ubiquitous, but in a different way than envisioned in the 1990s. To master the present-day ubicomp-a multi-layered agglomeration of connections and data, distributed physically and digitally, […]

19 February 2008
Tech’s feminine side

The Boston Globe ponders what happens now that women are wielding increasing influence in a high-tech world that has been largely built and engineered by men, and how that changes the technology itself. No one would make the argument that megapixels are masculine or that gigabytes have a gender. But as gadgets and websites become […]

8 February 2008
LIFT videos online

The LIFT conference started on Wednesday and unfortunately I could not attend due to work pressures (our partner Jan-Christoph Zoels is there though). But there is a solution: fifteen presentations can already be viewed online. Check out Genevieve Bell (Intel), Paul Dourish (UC-Irvine), Bruce Sterling and Younghee Yung (Nokia) to name just a few, or […]

24 January 2008
Palpable computing: a taste of things to come

ICT Results reports on an EU-funded research project on “palpable computing” (Palcom), led by the University of Arhus in Denmark. The ideas behind it seem similar to concepts developed by both Genevieve Bell (see here and here) and Adam Greenfield. “Palpable computing”, a term coined by Morten Kyng, a researcher at the University of Aarhus […]

17 October 2007
The LIFT08 conference programme is out

Bruno Giussani reports on the press conference announcing the LIFT08 conference programme (backgrounder): The conference LIFT08 will take place for the third time in Geneva, Switzerland, on 6-8 February 2008. The main structure of the programme has been presented tonight in a trendy bar downtown Geneva by organizer Laurent Haug and editorial producer Nicolas Nova. […]

6 October 2007
Ethnography in Industry: Notes from EPIC2007

Today is the closing day of EPIC 2007, the third international Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, in Keystone, Colorado, USA. EPIC is the premier international forum bringing together artists, computer scientists, designers, social scientists, marketers, academics and advertisers to discuss recent developments and future advances around ethnographic praxis in industry. Keynote speakers this year are […]

5 October 2007
From the Electrical Fairy to the Magic Box

An anthropological take on wireless broadband technology Genevieve Bell, a highly respected anthropologist and director of user experience at Intel, gave a lecture this week at Rice University in Houston, Texas, entitled “From the Electrical Fairy to the Magic Box: An anthropological account of invisible infrastructures.” Rice University’s News & Media Relations office has a […]

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 […]

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