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What Ethnographers Do: Data Management

One of the greatest challenges for ethnographers is what to do with all of the data we collect. In addition to the physical notebooks full of scratch notes, we also … Continue reading

July 3, 2010 · 1 Comment

What Ethnographers Do: Field Notes

Field notes, for the ethnographically uninitiated, are detailed descriptions of field work (interviews with and observations of people). Contrary to what the name suggests, field notes are not actually taken … Continue reading

June 18, 2010 · 2 Comments

Quantitative: The First Patterns of Play Data Visualization

Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! The first data visualization of Plant Wars player interactions is finished! The data used in this visualization … Continue reading

June 18, 2010

Now, For Some Robots

I love Machinarium; I think it’s a great game, and I think you should play it.

April 26, 2010

Ethnography and the Bleedy Edge: Living in the Gray (Coping with Uncertainty)

I’m sure you’ve heard the cliche that the world isn’t black and white. This is true. And if you want to be a design ethnographer, you’d best get accustomed to … Continue reading

April 26, 2010 · 1 Comment

Ethnography and the Bleedy Edge: How to Deal With Useless People

In an ideal world, we would only work with people we wanted to work with. Teams would be perfectly composed of people with complementary skillsets and compatible personalities. Everyone would … Continue reading

April 26, 2010 · 2 Comments

Ethnography and The Bleedy Edge: Agile Deliverable Production and the Death of Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a luxury a design ethnographer cannot afford. Perfectionism paves the way to design ethnographer hell. Here’s how to avoid it.

April 26, 2010

Pointing: Sparks and Catastrophic Comics

So, ages ago, when I still lived in a warm climate and had a car to drive, I heard a little radio piece on NPR about motion comics for the … Continue reading

April 23, 2010

The Examined Blog: Contemplating Roles in the Blogosphere

Hang on to your hats, folks, we’re about to get all meta up on this shit. This semester, the lovely Alicia and Kate took a deep ethnographic dive into the … Continue reading

April 22, 2010

Great Idea: Genetic Algorithms for Recipes

I actually think a genetic algorithm for recipes is BRILLIANT, and I think I have figured out how to implement it, relatively simply (read: ghetto-rig it). Now, I don’t think … Continue reading

March 31, 2010 · 7 Comments