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We are an international experience design consultancy helping companies and organisations to innovate their products, services and processes by putting people and their experiences first.

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

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 […]

29 January 2016

[Report] Consumers more frustrated by smart home apps than devices

New report by Argus Insights suggests disappointing apps break user experience, may cause decline in consumer delight over time. The Smart Home ecosystem comprises both hardware devices and software apps and together they are supposed to make an efficient system for consumers. A new report from Argus Insights shows that consumers are overall more frustrated […]

27 January 2016

Remaking Ford into a user experience-driven company

Ford CEO Mark Fields recently declared that Ford would be remade as a user-experience driven company: “We have obviously a lot experience in the car business, over 113 years, and our differentiation is going to be clearly the whole user experience, and how you experience the whole vehicle going forward, whether they’re directed-driving vehicles, or […]

26 January 2016

Designing for Crisis, Design for Real Life

It’s easy to design for the idealized user, someone who’s smart, calm, and informed. It’s less easy, and thus more important, to design for a more realistic user: still smart, but harried and uncertain. The best designs handle both with care. But how many designs can help a user who is completely in the dark […]

18 January 2016

Digital media companies need to make user experience a priority — or else

Digital publishing, seeming perpetually up against terrible economics that prize quantity over quality, has reached a point where navigating it is akin to “walking across a sticky cinema store,” according to Barbarian Group executive director of media and distribution Colin Nagy. That’s because media companies have lost sight of the user experience in their many […]

11 January 2016

How Eataly has redefined the third place to create a new customer experience

This short reflection on Eataly by Sergio Gutierrez, Ankur Johar, Christian Lillo, Anjali Singh and and Sofia Sourtzis positions it as a “third place”. Ray Oldenburg introduced the concept of the third place in 1989 in his book The Great Good Place. He characterizes third places as neutral spaces free of inequality, where conversations can […]

9 January 2016

Why we need better UI in patient-used medical devices

With patients increasingly treating themselves at home, often using specialist equipment, the chance of use errors increases, and the ensuing results can be deadly. User Interfaces (UI) have a key role to play in reducing the risk of use errors in a patient-used device, writes David Furley of PDD. In fact, he says, “the benefits […]

4 January 2016

[Reports] Shaping the Library to the Life of the User

Shaping the Library to the Life of the User: Adapting, Empowering, Partnering, Engaging by Merrilee Proffitt, James Michalko and Melissa Renspie OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. December 2015, 15 pages This report provides a recap of the October 2015 Library in the Life of the User meeting that featured insights about ways libraries can […]

4 January 2016

How focus on UX helped gov.uk win design of the year

The goal of self-service sites is to help users find answers themselves, forestalling the need to contact a real person. When such a site is done right, it leads you straight from symptoms to diagnosis to cure. However, if self-service sites are done poorly, they’re hard to navigate and offer no effective way to find […]

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 […]

3 December 2015

Why Detroit needs user-centered design

The transition to AVs is very much a human evolution grounded in designing a complex and nuanced relationship between the machine and us—regardless of how good the machine may be. For automakers, writes Artefact’s John Rousseau, this means adopting a more rigorous human-centered design process and a holistic approach to product experience that puts the […]

3 December 2015

Reinventing cancer surgery—by designing a better hospital experience

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s new $300 million cancer center in New York focuses on the well-being of the patient—even as they move you through the process as quickly as possible. Inside the nearly-finished Josie Robertson Surgery Center (JRSC), the waiting room feels more like a fancy co-working space for families to camp out, play games, get […]

3 December 2015

Why content reigns supreme in UX design

In this piece, Jerry Cao, Kamil Zieba and Matt Ellis of UXPin dive into four reasons why we recommend a content-first design approach: 1. Design may impress, but content hooks users In the end, users will care more about content, not the design.Sites without substance won’t stand. 2. Content plays the greatest role in interaction […]

26 November 2015

How brands design customer experiences of the future

In today’s digital age, consumers expect more from the business they support and the products they purchase. Consumers, Macala Wright writes, not only expect great brand experiences, they believe they’re entitled to them. This is the topic of an interview she conducted with Brian Solis, the principal of The Altimeter Group. Solis just published a […]

10 November 2015

Why service design is luxury’s new battleground

Ana Andjelic writes in AdAge that most legacy luxury brands are failing at delivering service, especially online: The fact that most legacy luxury brands fail to successfully create and deliver service is unfortunate. The business of luxury retail today increasingly involves browsing and shopping online, via aggregators and on editorial sites, on mobile and in-store. […]

10 November 2015

For years, Apple followed user-centered design principles. Then something went wrong.

Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini are taking their gloves off and accuse Apple of abandoning the fundamental principles of good design: discoverability, feedback, proper mapping, appropriate use of constraints, and, of course, the power to undo one’s operations. Apple, they argue in a long essay, has lost its way, driven by concern for style and […]

5 November 2015

Customer journey mapping is at the heart of digital transformation

Digital technologies such as analytics, mobility, social networks, cloud computing and the Internet of Things are making old ways of working redundant and forcing companies to transform. According to Raman Sapra, global head of Dell’s digital business services, the best way to leverage digital is to take a comprehensive rather than a piecemeal approach. And […]

5 November 2015

[Conference] Design & The City, Amsterdam, April 2016

Design & The City explores citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city. Central theme is the role of design(ers) to create opportunities and practices for citizens, (social) entrepreneurs and policy makers towards more liveable, sustainable and sociable urban futures. At the round table conference leading international experts discuss the implications of the rise of social […]

1 November 2015

User-centred design of the bridge of sea ships

The Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge Design has won this year’s Ergonomics Design Award, presented by the UK Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. The award recognises industrial design which puts the customer at the heart of the process using their views to generate ideas, develop concepts and test prototypes and finished products. The Unified Bridge […]

19 October 2015

Inside the mind of the museum-goer

Why do some people spend all day in a gallery while others dash around in an hour? Laurent Carpentier wonders what is the difference between the 3.6% of respondents who reported that they had spent more than six hours exploring the Louvre in Paris, and the 6.5%, who spent less than an hour There is […]

27 September 2015

Privacy is UX

UX strategist and researcher Alex Schmidt argues that in a world full of security breaches, snooping, and third-party data aggregators, you should know where your users’ data goes. In this article, she explains why it’s time we make privacy part of our product design process—and helps us figure out how to build it into our […]

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