What the user experiences when unwrapping a product is part and parcel of the product/brand’s total user experience.

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Architects for example work with a building’s approach experience. This describes how the structure reveals itself over time as a person approaches it from a particular direction (usually the designated ingress – such as the path to the front door.) It is an introduction to the structure, and sets the tone for future interactions with it.

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Product packaging works the same way. What the buyer sees, smells and feels as they unpack their purchase sets the tone for future interactions with it.

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How a new operating system presents (on our laptops, phones and tablets) in the first few timese we use it will colour our on-going experience of it.