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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

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