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22 June 2016
A united energy economy: Experientia helps wrap up the CITYOPT Nice pilot project

Can behavioral change address local energy issues, raise people’s awareness energy consumption issues, and directly support non-profit organizations at the same time? With the Nice pilot of the CITYOPT project, we have seen strong suggestions that it can. It also suggests that the sense of belonging to a local community is a strong motivation for […]

23 May 2016
Experientia white paper: “Conducting clinical trials is about working with patients”

Patient-centricity is one of the defining issues facing clinical trials in the pharma industry. The past few years have seen a growing awareness by pharmaceutical companies of the importance of patient-centricity – but they have also illustrated that not everyone is clear on just what patient-centricity is, or how to achieve it. After using UX […]

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 […]

22 July 2016

A nudge toward participation: Improving clinical trial enrollment with behavioral economics

A nudge toward participation: Improving clinical trial enrollment with behavioral economics Eric M. VanEpps, Kevin G. Volpp and Scott D. Halpern (University of Pennsylvania) Science Translational Medicine – 20 Jul 2016 Vol. 8, Issue 348, pp. 348fs13 Interventions informed by behavioral economics can address barriers to patient enrollment in clinical trials and improve recruitment efforts. […]

18 July 2016

Design research at the New York Times

The pressure to anticipate an audience’s needs and desires is intense—no longer only of concern to business sides of media organizations but a part of the editorial mission, writes Heather Chaplin in the Columbia Journalism Review. Certain newsrooms, including the Times’s, are turning to human-centered design practices in order to understand what readers want. Chaplin […]

11 July 2016

[Book] LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation

LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation Edited by Mariana Amatullo, with Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico and Andrew Shea Published by Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design July 2016, 360 pages The professional landscape for design in social innovation has reached a critical moment. Designers are now acting as mediators, synthesizers and key […]

17 June 2016

Remember the people: The foundation for success in 21st C infrastructure

Infrastructure providers are used to focusing on issues of project selection, funding, and regulation. The most successful firms are learning to provide great consumer experiences too. “The consumer experience matters. Infrastructure providers therefore need to tap into the disciplines and insights of great consumer-service companies, such as movie studios, retailers, and tech companies. We can […]

15 June 2016

Six recent articles from UXMatters

UXMatters has a new design and this seems to have benefited the quality as well, as there are more inspiring articles than ever. Here my pick: June 14 edition Algorithms as the New Material of Design A column by Pamela Pavliscak, Founder of Change Sciences Today, algorithms shape what we experience online. Next, they’ll modify […]

6 June 2016

[Book] User Experience in Libraries

User Experience in Libraries: Applying Ethnography and Human-Centred Design Edited by Andy Priestner, Matt Borg Routledge, 2016 212 pages Modern library services can be incredibly complex. Much more so than their forebears, modern librarians must grapple daily with questions of how best to implement innovative new services, while also maintaining and updating the old. The […]

23 May 2016

Experientia white paper: “Conducting clinical trials is about working with patients”

Patient-centricity is one of the defining issues facing clinical trials in the pharma industry. The past few years have seen a growing awareness by pharmaceutical companies of the importance of patient-centricity – but they have also illustrated that not everyone is clear on just what patient-centricity is, or how to achieve it. After using UX […]

1 May 2016

Report: User Experience and Usability in Complex Systems

User Experience and Usability in Complex Systems Final Report 1/2015 FIMECC (Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster) November 2015, 225 pages Five years ago, some of Finland’s metals and engineering industry companies were looking for new ways to tackle challenges and concerns. With the shared vision, that industrial design and end users are key to […]

30 April 2016

Security versus UX

Gwendolyn Betts explores how to reconcile one of the biggest challenges in interface design: security versus user experience. Betts writes that it is not uncommon for security measures to be tacked on at the end as an afterthought, and that therefore it is of crucial importance to call on as many security advocates as possible […]

8 April 2016

On the need for ethnography in user experience design

Michael Thomas of Ford Motor Company argues in a thoughtful personal piece that User Experience design is greatly enhanced by establishing classical ethnographic methods as foundational for defining the domain of design intervention. How can UX account for subjective, positively regarded experiences that are time and community dependent, he asks: Examples of these might include […]

1 April 2016

Two appealing books by designer Robert Curedale

This morning we received two books by designer Robert Curedale (who seems to be an extremely productive writer): ​Comprehensive step-by-step Guide to Experience Maps Journey Maps – Blueprints – Empathy Maps Design Community College Inc. March 2016 400 pages Customers choose products and services that deliver the best experiences. Traditional design techniques like sketching and […]

30 March 2016

Six more UX-related articles on PMLive

PMLiVE continues to inform us about UX approaches and developments in the pharmaceutical industry (older series of articles here): Why health psychology should inform pharma strategyv Ella Nuttall – 30 March 2016 We asked Ella to explain why she thinks health psychologists have an important role to play in the pharmaceutical industry. Harnessing the power […]

21 March 2016

Ford’s quest to remake itself into a master of UX

Ford, bastion of the old-school American economy, is now trying to recast itself as a company built around user experience. It’s finally trying to see its cars through the customer’s eyes. It’s designing for them. Ford used to focus on “benchmarking,” or comparing all the features of competitors and simply adding in what they didn’t […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 March 2016

McKinsey on customer experience

McKinsey just published a series of articles on customer experience: Designing and starting up a customer-experience transformation To successfully initiate a broad improvement program, decide on a structure, select the sequence that’s right for your type of company, and don’t forget to recruit change agents. Leading and governing the customer-centric organization The uniquely cross-functional nature […]

20 February 2016

New Australian government website focused on user needs to go live by end of year

A new government website for Australia, focused around citizens’ needs rather than government structures, could be launched by the end of the year, Paul Shetler, chief executive of Australia’s Digital Transformation Office (DTO), has told Global Government Forum. The site, which will bring together a number of government services structured around the tasks users wish […]

19 February 2016

Making the business case for user experience

In the ‘age of the customer’, IT leaders should be paying particular attention to the growing business case for UX testing and research, writes Chloe Green in Information Age. She writes: Numerous studies have found that every dollar spent on UX brings in between $2 and $100 dollars in return. Forrester revealed that ‘implementing a […]

19 February 2016

UX methodologies for pharmaceutical companies

PMLiVE, the news site for the pharmaceutical industry, is quite outspoken on the need for UX and customer experience methodologies in the pharmaceutical industry. Here are some recent posts: A five-step plan for patient-centred digital communications Letizia Affinito and John Mack – 19 February 2016 Pharmaceutical companies can no longer just sell pills, but must […]

18 February 2016

By studying underserved communities, Microsoft wants to improve UX for everyone

August de los Reyes came to a new understanding of design after thinking about (and experiencing) disability. Disability, writes Cliff Kuang (who interviewed him), is “an engine of innovation simply because no matter what their limitations, humans have such a relentless drive to communicate that they’ll invent new ways to do so, in spite of […]

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