Experience Design Strategy

We create business value by helping companies design for people. We explore the interactions between a company and customer in terms of experiences-experiences that respond to an individual's needs, desires, and behaviors. This intensive focus on individual experiences allows us to:
  1. clearly define and discover business opportunities
  2. inspire and inform more effective design solutions


MSI Case Study

OEM reinvents themselves with a fresh brand identity and new sales strategies centered around customer 'experiences'.


Why experiences?

At a basic human level, experiences are the currency by which people form opinions, relate to each other, and make sense of their world. Moreover, as services/products are increasingly homogenized, people are seeking out those companies that offer compelling experiences. For companies, each and every interaction with a person is a chance to create a unique experience, and the chance to create value.


Design translates an understanding of human experiences into ideas, insights, innovations-things of value to the business. We use design to create things-from new product or service ideas to new processes-and communicate them in a way that impacts all levels of your organization.


Well designed experiences must also be strategic for the business as well as the customer. For the business, all design experiences must speak to the business value they create. For customers, these Design Experiences must be strategically aligned across channels to reinforce and compliment each other, creating a comprehensive (and pleasing!) customer experience scenario.


"Kind of like…"

In terms of impact to your organization, experience design strategy is comparable to business strategy. In fact, experience design Strategists and biz strategists use a similar toolset. But where business strategy focuses on competitive forces, experience design strategy focuses on the customer experience.

In practice, experience design strategy is more closely aligned to a brand or marketing strategy, but with some important differences:

How does experience design strategy differ from a traditional brand or marketing strategy?
Experience Design Strategy Traditional Brand or Marketing Strategy
Values personal insights and ideas gained from qualitative customer data Values quantitative analysis and statistical findings
Creates a dialogue with your customers Creates one-way communications
Creates better experiences Creates the promise of an experience
Works across departments and disciplines to align capabilities around desired customer experience Works within the capabilities of one department
Creates narrative experiences across multiple media 'blasts' of the same message across multiple media
Focuses on reinforcing a central brand idea through compelling individual experiences Concerned with owning a 'word' in the customer's mind
Process is participatory - everyone is encouraged to get involved Process is exclusive to selected participants; excludes many interested stakeholders
Concerned with creating memorable, compelling interactions Concerned with creating creative ads and messaging
Seeks to improve any and all places where customers interact with designed materials Seeks to improve all marketing communications materials

Related FAQ's

How long does it last?
We offer the greatest value to your organization when we have time to gain a deep understanding of your customers, and the design space in which experiences take place. Sufficient time allows us to move past a superficial understanding of what people are doing, and make our own outside observations. Timewise, we've worked on small projects that lasted six weeks, though projects with longer timeframes will typically yield better results.
What will I get?
Deliverables vary according your situation. In the past we've created everything from written briefs to complete 'immersion spaces'-rooms you can take people to, where we've facilitated the exchange of ideas. Though we always create something to refer to, the best situation is one in which deliverables are unnecessary, where everyone has aligned around a central idea or vision needed to move ahead.
Is this just customer research?
While we do look to users for research, the nature of our interactions is very different. For example, customer research tends to be centered more around inquiries into what people have to say, with little or no emphasis on observing actual behaviors. Also, when reviewing information the team has gathered, we prefer to include a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and personalities in the review process-which reveals patterns and insights that might otherwise be overlooked. More importantly, we create. We use the information we gather to create actionable business plans, concepts and prototypes, recommendations for business improvements, and more-depending on your unique situation.
Do we depend on customers for original ideas?
While the customer can be a valuable source of ideas, more often the interactions between our team and people (both internal and external to your organization) produce the best ideas. We see the customer as a critical source of inspiration for innovations, but we also value the contributions that talented individuals can produce when given the right information.

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Our team is made up of individuals who love to push the limits of what's possible. We are, at our core, passionate problem solvers who focus on achieving client success in every project we undertake. Let us become passionate about your project.