Great internet stuff: the not-so-weekly digest (#10)

  Presenting another collection of most-highly-recommended articles, websites and ideas that shaped my thinking throughout the past few weeks. This week’s topics include design and user experience, research, user experience industry, labor, organizational culture, technology,  and culture and society. Design and User Experience Addressing executive swoop-ins | Julie Zhuo, Facebook “How can I address direction…

Call for Applications: Laurits Andersen PhD position in Business and Organizational Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen

The Laurits Andersen Foundation at the University of Copenhagen has granted funds to the Department of Anthropology for a three-year fully financed PhD position in the field of business and organizational anthropology. Applicants are now invited to submit proposals for doctoral research that must fall within one or more of the areas mentioned below. In…

Learning from colleagues in design research

One thing I love about my job is the privilege of working with other design/user experience researchers and learning from the variety of approaches they take in their work. This diversity is rewarding because it means I’m constantly picking up new ideas and iterating on my own approach through experimentation and creativity. Right now I…

Making Sense of Loss

Me and Mom in Portland, summer 2015 On April 20th, my 31st birthday, I traveled to Sturgis, Michigan to visit my mom. Toward the end of last year, she put her house up for sale and she finally had an offer on it. My aunt and I wanted to go out there to help her…

What is a researcher? A personal manifesto

Thinking in terms of a business and design context, what is a researcher? There is no one path, no one exact job description, no one single approach or professional charter to follow. Among the many variables that can shape this are the individual’s background and training, personal philosophy and worldview, and years of experience. For…

New online certificate program in Design Ethnography @ Boise State University

The Boise State University College of Innovation and Design, in partnership with the BSU Department of Anthropology, has announced a new online certificate program in Design Ethnography beginning in Spring 2017. The Design Ethnography Certificate aims to help prepare students for emerging careers in user research, user experience (UX), service design, product design, branding, marketing, and…

Anthropologist, Business Owner and Transportation Activist Janne Flisrand Announces Campaign for Minneapolis City Council

Back in January of this year, I posted an interview with Janne Flisrand, a Minneapolis business owner and transportation activist, as part of my Anthropologists in Practice series. I was excited to learn that Janne recently announced she is running for a seat on the Minneapolis City Council (representing Ward 7). Through her work in…