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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 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

The Story of the Samosa

There was being and nonbeing, there was none but God. In the old, old times, there was a king, guardian of the throne of wisdom. This king’s only child was … Continue reading

January 29, 2010 · 3 Comments

And Now for Something No One Will Want To Read (Or, Design Ethnography: Like Anthropology, but Less Conflicted)

Design Ethnography: Like Anthropology, But Less Conflicted Academic anthropology is the unholy love child of natural science and colonialism, and is burdened with the resulting identity issues that one might … Continue reading

December 15, 2009

Tom Inns’ Toolkit

Edit: Somehow I left out the last paragraph of my essay. Now it’s fixed! For the last four weeks in Tom Inns’ Strategic Design Thinking class, we have been practicing … Continue reading

December 9, 2009

Strategic Design Thinking Reflection

This is an essay I wrote for my Strategic Design Thinking class. It is a reflection on four assignments that we did that I will post as soon as I … Continue reading

November 26, 2009

Capability Scotland

If you’ve been wondering what I have been working on like a madwoman, now is your chance to see. These are the fruits of our efforts to make Capability Scotland’s … Continue reading

November 26, 2009

How To Be An Ethnographer

I’m going to take a moment to be brutally honest here. I didn’t plan to be an ethnographer. Really, I didn’t even know what an ethnographer is. For the entire … Continue reading

October 20, 2009