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Tag Archives: Design Ethnography

What Ethnographers Do: The Art of the Email Interview

The internet is a many-splendored thing. It provides a great opportunity to learn more about people, largely unrestricted by geography and time. However, it also presents a significant challenge.

July 31, 2010

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

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

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

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

Making Numbers Talk: Something Exciting in Design Ethnography

I have always refused to be constrained by the conventions of a genre, discipline, or society. Fitting neatly into such a compartment cramps my style, harshes my zen, and squashes … Continue reading

February 6, 2010

Machu Pichu Pecha Kookie Introduction

This very short podcast is an introduction to me and my interests within design ethnography. It was quite a bit more difficult to make than I had expected! But three … Continue reading

January 28, 2010