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…

The Sociocultural Impact of Pokémon Go in Observations, Images & Memes

  During @susie_c‘s dad’s toast pic.twitter.com/hSzaLg30VO — pokemon only account (@sarahjeong) July 18, 2016 After the fall, white people were forced to search for pokemon with primitive tools. pic.twitter.com/Yr18zZD748 — holly wood (@girlziplocked) July 17, 2016   Get off my lawn, Pokemon Go edition pic.twitter.com/ZwVmOIKmpd — David Harvey (@davidharvey) July 17, 2016   I’M SCREAMING…

Great internet stuff: the not-so-weekly digest (#9)

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, business, organizational culture, technology, culture [change] and society and anthropology. Design and User Experience Alexandrian Design | Alan Cooper Facebook is wrong, text is deathless | Kottke.org Six…

That’s interesting…

In 2009, when I first started grad school, a professor asked each student in the cohort to share the anthropological topic areas they planned to focus on in their studies and careers. As I listened, it seemed that many had a fairly specific idea of what they wanted to research as academics, or the field…