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12 April 2016
The latest on innovation in Energy Efficient Buildings: annual round-up of EU Commission projects

Every year, the Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) Public Private Partnership (PPP) publishes the EeB PPP project review – a round-up of energy-efficiency projects that have been co-funded by two European Commission schemes. This year, the print and digital booklet design was done by Experientia, in particular by our talented visual and interaction designer Dohun Jang. Experientia […]

8 March 2016
Behavioral modeling – Shaping cultural change and behavioral evolution

One of the things we do here at Experientia that really sets us apart from other UX agencies is behavioral modeling. Our cognitive and behavioral models go beyond the standard customer journeys and personas (both useful tools, and often preliminary steps to behavioral modeling) to create frameworks that can be used to make people more […]

1 March 2016
Singapore’s main newspaper on Experientia’s design with the elderly

Arti Mulchand reports in the Straits Times, Singapore’s main newspaper, on Experientia’s “Design for Ageing Gracefully” project: Putting faces to end-users early in the design process is changing the way designers and organisations are approaching products aimed at Singapore’s growing elderly demographic. Experientia’s ethnographic study, which was commissioned by DesignSingapore Council in a collaboration with […]

18 January 2016
Experientia website completely reshaped

Experientia is pleased to announce that we’ve started 2016 with a brand new website. Experientia’s now officially 10 years old, and we decided that the best way to celebrate is by building a new website that showcases our growth – with new projects, new people in the staff, and two new locations in Lausanne and […]

1 January 2016
For when things get personal…
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

2 April 2016

Special Issue: Digitised Health, Medicine and Risk

Health Risk & Society is a new international scholarly journal devoted to a theoretical and empirical understanding of the social processes which influence the ways in which risks are taken, communicated, assessed and managed in relationship to health and health care. They have just published a special issue on Digitised Health, Medicine and Risk, edited […]

1 April 2016

Should financial advisors nudge their clients?

Should advisors nudge clients to make prudent saving and spending decisions, asks Morey Stettner in Investor’s Business Daily. Or should they step aside after educating clients and laying out the options? Some economists argue that nudging gets people to do the right thing by default. For example, individuals with tax-deferred savings accounts can automatically allocate […]

17 March 2016

Let’s See What We Can Do: Designing Agency

In a Medium essay that we missed during the Christmas break, Dr Dan Lockton asks how we can invert ‘design for behaviour change’ and apply it from below, enabling people to understand, act within, and change the behaviour of the systems of society and the environment? We need, he says, “design that enables people to […]

15 March 2016

[Book] The Smarter Screen

The Smarter Screen: Surprising Ways to Influence and Improve Online Behavior by Shlomo Benartzi Penguin Random House October 2015, 256 pages A leading behavioral economist reveals the tools that will improve our decision making on screens Office workers spend the majority of their waking hours staring at screens. Unfortunately, few of us are aware of […]

8 March 2016

Behavioral modeling – Shaping cultural change and behavioral evolution

One of the things we do here at Experientia that really sets us apart from other UX agencies is behavioral modeling. Our cognitive and behavioral models go beyond the standard customer journeys and personas (both useful tools, and often preliminary steps to behavioral modeling) to create frameworks that can be used to make people more […]

5 March 2016

How the World Bank is ‘nudging’ attitudes to health and hygiene

Many of the problems governments and NGOs in developing countries are trying to fix are at least partly behavioural. This is where nudge theory comes in. It is about using insights from behavioural science to identify reasons why people make bad choices, such as smoking or failing to pay taxes on time, and then testing […]

4 March 2016

Collaborative consumption: from value for users to a society with values

Four European Union consumers associations – OCU (Spain), Altroconsumo (Italy), DECO-Proteste (Portugal) and Test-Achats/Test Aankoop (Belgium) – in collaboration with Cibersomosaguas Research Group (Universidad Complutense of Madrid) and Ouishare Spain, came together to undertake a pioneering research project on the collaborative consumption phenomenon from the point of view of its effect on consumers and society. […]

1 March 2016

Singapore’s main newspaper on Experientia’s design with the elderly

Arti Mulchand reports in the Straits Times, Singapore’s main newspaper, on Experientia’s “Design for Ageing Gracefully” project: Putting faces to end-users early in the design process is changing the way designers and organisations are approaching products aimed at Singapore’s growing elderly demographic. Experientia’s ethnographic study, which was commissioned by DesignSingapore Council in a collaboration with […]

20 February 2016

We are hopelessly hooked (to digital devices)

In his review of four recent books (see below), Jacob Weisberg explores in the New York Review of Books what it means to shift overnight from a society in which people walk down the street looking around to one in which people walk down the street looking at machines. His conclusion is not optimistic: Aspirations […]

16 February 2016

The new face of behavioral change in healthcare

Glen de Vries argues that tracking basic biology can create positive reinforcements for health-related behaviors?. Yet, he is faced with a challenge: those who actively track their health metrics still represent a minority of consumers, while most people who should be keeping track of health metrics don’t. To address this conundrum, he sees an immense […]

28 January 2016

The Power of Privacy – documentary film

In this half-hour film (commissioned by The Guardian and Silent Circle), Aleks Krotoski travels the world to undergo challenges that explore our digital life in the 21st century. Watch her be stalked and hacked, fight to get leaked documents back, dive into open data and live in a futuristic home that monitors her every move.

24 January 2016

The grand illusion of empowerment

Financial times journalist/anthropologist Gillian Tett deconstructs the idea that the internet hands power to the people. In fact, she writes, in most countries power remains firmly in the hands of the elite. The bitter — and dangerous — irony of our modern age is that although the internet gives people the impression that they can […]

22 January 2016

The power of creativity from below

Anthropologist Michael Thompson believes in the power of creativity from below in solving some of the smaller and bigger problems of our time. “People generally are very creative and innovative. Many anthropological case studies have shown that. If development happens, it does not happen just through large-scale and “top-down” projects, but thanks to some sort […]

31 December 2015

[Report] Easier Said Than Done

Easier Said Than Done: Why we struggle with healthy behaviours and what to do about it By Nathalie Spencer RSA, December 2015 Many of us know what we should be doing to live healthily, yet many of us struggle to actually actively manage our health. In ‘Easier Said than Done’, we set out some of […]

31 December 2015

[Book] The People’s Platform

The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age By Astra Taylor Picador, 288 pages April 2015 The Internet has been hailed as an unprecedented democratizing force, a place where all can participate equally. But how true is this claim? In a seminal dismantling of techno-utopian visions, The People’s Platform argues that […]

31 December 2015

The technophiles unhappy about the tech revolution

Joel Achenbach reports in the Washington Post on how digital dissenters say human needs are getting lost in the digital revolution and start to fight the tech establishment. Taylor is a 21st-century digital dissenter. She’s one of the many technophiles unhappy about the way the tech revolution has played out. Political progressives once embraced the […]

31 December 2015

Ethno-writing about digital infrastructure

Data & Society is a NYC-based research institute focused on the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric technological development. The institute that was founded by danah boyd, principal researcher and Microsoft Research and frequently featured on this blog, looks like a fantastic place to do research for or simply to be inspired by: The […]

16 December 2015

‘Nudging’ behaviours in healthcare: insights from behavioural economics

‘Nudging’ behaviours in healthcare: insights from behavioural economics Benjamin G. Voyer, London School of Economics Article (Accepted version) (2015) British Journal of Healthcare Management, 21 (3). pp. 130-135 Since the creation of the Behavioural Insight Team (BIT) in 2010, the word “nudge” has become a popular one in social and public policy. According to policy […]

16 December 2015

Designing for behavioural change in the healthcare industry

By taking into account psychological drivers, the health-care industry can create products and services that will help individuals improve the way they manage their health and well-being, writes Becky Slack in an article in the New Statesman (published in association with Philips). ” Does this mean the end user should be actively involved in designing […]

10 December 2015

Sharing City Seoul through the eyes of an urban sociologist

For several years, Shareable has followed, and reported on, Sharing City Seoul, a pioneering project, created by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. With its government-sponsored sharing economy initiatives and community projects, Seoul has become a global leader in the sharing cities movement. Recently, Shareable connected with urban sociologist Monica Bernardi, who recently visited Seoul for her […]

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