Rachel Shadoan Muses

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

Field Notes: Microwaveability QMB Staff Lounge Observations

On Thursday from 12 pm to 1:30 pm, I observed various individuals interacting with the microwave in the staff lounge in the Queen Mother Building on the University of Dundee … Continue reading

March 11, 2010 · Leave a comment

Seeking Feedback on Microwave Prototypes

We are down to the last stretch for our HCI project redesigning the microwave for universal accessibility without relying on language. Here are two of our most recent prototypes! Here’s … Continue reading

March 11, 2010

Field Note Experimentation

The least enjoyable part of being an ethnographer, my class mates and I have discovered, may be the writing up of field notes. The notes we take in the field, … Continue reading

March 8, 2010

Online Identity Management, Part II

Several months ago, I started asking myself some serious questions about the way I manage my online identity. I wrote about some of the things I was considering in Online … Continue reading

March 6, 2010