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The long dark days before the year-end allow for an increased reading pace. One of the books I re-read is “X: The Experience When Business Meets Design.”  Brian Solis explores in this graphic book the intersection of business and design and the importance of creating positive customer experiences. Solis argues that in today’s digital age, customers have higher expectations and are more empowered than ever before. As a result, businesses must focus on creating meaningful, relevant, and valuable experiences for their customers in order to stand out and succeed.

Digital anthropologist

Brian Solis is a digital anthropologist, sociologist, and author who is known for his research on the impact of technology on business and society. He is the author of several books on digital transformation and customer experience. Solis is a well-respected thought leader in the field of digital marketing, and his work has been featured in numerous media outlets including Forbes, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events, and has worked with a range of companies and organizations to help them navigate the digital landscape. He is one of the most engaging speakers I ever met, our yearly SXSW interview is one of my personal highlights.

Experience by design

Brian Solis suggests in this remarkably beautiful book that design plays a crucial role in shaping customer experiences, and that businesses should consider design at every stage of the customer journey. He also stresses the importance of understanding customer needs and emotions, and using this understanding to inform the design process:

  • How our own experience gets in the way of designing for people not like us
  • Why empathy and new perspective unlock creativity and innovation
  • The importance of User Experience (UX) in real life and in executive thinking
  • The humanity of Human-Centered Design in all you do
  • The art of Hollywood storytelling from marketing to product design to packaging
  • Apple’s holistic approach to experience architecture
  • The value of different journey and experience mapping approaches

Loyalty does not happen by happenstance

Solis argues that businesses that prioritize customer experience are more likely to build strong, loyal relationships with their customers, and to drive growth and success. He also suggests that businesses should adopt a “customer-centric” approach, in which the needs and preferences of the customer are central to all decision-making. I often use the rational of the book in my seminars and key-notes… Solis’ logic impresses by its simplicity: an art that is too often underestimated.

X marks the spot

X: The Experience When Business Meets Design” is a valuable resource for businesses looking to create positive and memorable experiences for their customers in the digital age. It offers practical insights and strategies for integrating design thinking into business processes, and for building customer-centric organizations that can thrive in an increasingly competitive and rapidly-changing market. If you read carefully: the design “X” is also crucial for the employee experience. Solis proves once again why he is still the reference.

The book is also a real visual piece of art.

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