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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.

19 November 2008
How to rob a bank without money?

“How can you rob a bank in a world without money?” wonders science fiction writer Bruce Sterling, one of the collaborators of the new foresight project KashKlash.  KashKlash is a lively platform where you can debate future scenarios for economic and cultural exchange. Beyond today’s financial turmoil, what new systems might appear? Global/local, tangible/intangible, digital/physical? […]

28 October 2008
The intelligent fridge is neither useful nor desirable

Hubert Guillaud has written again a short analysis on why it makes no sense at all for companies to create something like intelligent fridges. His main argument is that nobody has any need for such a device. Although the article itself is in French, much of it was written based upon English-language materials, including this […]

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 […]

5 September 2008
The techno-mobile life in our networked cities

Nicolas Nova and Bruno Giussani have been blogging two of the LIFT Asia conference sessions that took place in Seoul today. Session: Networked city The new digital layers provided by ICTs are transforming contemporary urban environments. What does that mean for its inhabitants? What changes can we expect? How will ubiquitous computing influence the way […]

4 July 2008
From ubiquitous technology to human context (videos)

On Wednesday 2 July Nicolas Nova (LIFT lab) moderated a session at the World Congress of Architecture in Turin, Italy, entitled “From ubiquitous technology to human context – Technology applied to architecture and design: does it solve problems or create needs?”. Speakers were Adam Greenfield (Head of Design Direction, Nokia), Jeffrey Huang (Director, Media and […]

1 July 2008
Frontiers of Interaction

Today I attended the Frontiers of Interaction IV conference in Turin, Italy, which — with some kind input from Bruce Sterling — has now reached quite an international level. Speakers today were Jeffrey Schnapp (Stanford Humanities Lab – via video), Ashley Benigno (Global 3G Handset and Application Group at Hutchison Whampoa Limited), Nicolas Nova (LIFT […]

5 June 2008
One month to go to the World Congress of Architecture

In a month’s time Turin, Italy will host the XXIII edition of the World Congress of Architecture, promoted by the UIA (International Union of Architects). More than 4000 participants have registered already. There are over 70 sessions with more than 360 speakers. The topic chosen for the 2008 congress is “Transmitting Architecture“, or as the […]

31 May 2008
Infonomia TV: videos on innovation

The Spanish innovation network Infonomia features a video section (called Infonomia TV) with a series of English language video interviews that the readers of this blog might find interesting: Nicolas Nova: The future of urban computing [5:25] Nicolas Nova is researcher at the Media and Design Lab at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne […]

12 April 2008
Julian Bleecker joins Nokia’s Design Strategic Projects Studio

Julian Bleecker has decided to join Nokia’s Design Strategic Projects Studio. Julian and (LIFT conference‘s) Nicolas Nova are the co-founders of the Near Future Laboratory where client work focuses on developing emerging and conceptual design-technology for new interactive experiences. Jan Chipchase and Duncan Burns are his colleagues in the studio. In a long post on […]

25 March 2008
Trying to register for the World Congress of Architecture

In a few months, Turin will host the World Congress of Architecture, the top architecture event in the world. They have an interesting programme, with some speakers I really like. They are called “Relatori” on their English website, which non-Italians should obviously know means “Speakers”. A small detail, of course, because they got names like […]

14 February 2008
User experience session at the LIFT conference

Several blogs report on the user experience session of the recent LIFT conference. Read what Nicolas Nova, Tom Hume, and Bruno Giussani had to say.

12 December 2007
Device art as a resource for interaction design and media art

Nicolas Nova, user experience and foresight researcher working at the Media and Design Lab (EPFL) and at the near future laboratory, is currently in Brussels where he gave a talk yesterday at iMal, a brand new center for digital cultures and technology. The presentation entitled “Device art as a resource for interaction design and media […]

7 December 2007
Ethnography as design provocation

Nicolas Nova has been going through the EPIC 2007 proceedings (the ethnographic praxis in industry conference), and ran across this interesting paper entitled “Ethnography as Design Provocation” by Jacob Buur and Larisa Sitorus. The paper starts off by explaining how the use of ethnography in technology development has been limited to data collection, which led […]

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. […]

27 September 2007
Picnic07: Swisscom anthropologist on why everything is moving into the background
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 […]

25 August 2007
Mobility is cultural, not just functional
12 February 2007
Ubicomp and user experience at LIFT07
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