Bridging anthropology and user experience design: an undergraduate’s path into an applied anthropology career

This is a special guest post by Melanie Zhang, a 2017 anthropology graduate of York University. She is currently studying for her Master of Information degree at the University of Toronto iSchool. My journey into a career in user experience design began rather serendipitously. Last summer, I graduated from York University with a BA in French…

Hello, It’s Me

My blog has been just about dead the past couple years, for one reason or another and then another (#Becauselife). I’ve occasionally posted a quick update here and there about some event, job, call for submissions, or slides from one of my talks. But I haven’t been doing the regular blogging I was doing before…

Practicing Anthropology in Design and Business – Portland State University Presentation, March 2018

On March 1st, 2018 I returned to Dr. Jeremy Spoon‘s undergraduate Applied Anthropology class at Portland State University, to give a presentation on doing anthropology in design and business. In the presentation, I discuss my educational background, academia-to-work transition, career experience, my evolving perspective on practicing anthropology, and how I apply anthropology in user experience, design…

Tenure Track PhD position in Product Design/Development at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Call for Applications: Tenure Track PhD position in Product Design/Development at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA Candidates with anthropology backgrounds are encouraged to apply! Central Washington University’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I4IE) has received a Grant from the Herbert B Jones Foundation to expand its entrepreneurship program through the hiring of a tenure track position…

U. Memphis tenure-track opening for a design / business / organizational anthropologist

My grad school alma mater, University of Memphis, has a tenure-track opening (Fall 2018) for an applied anthropologist with a focus on design, business and/or organizational anthropology. UM’s Anthropology program is an applied program that teaches and values both theory and practice, so applicants must be able to train and mentor graduate and undergraduate students…

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…