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

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

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

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

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 from … Continue reading Great internet stuff: the not-so-weekly digest (#10)

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

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 … Continue reading Learning from colleagues in design research

U. Memphis Announces the ServiceMaster Design and Innovation Ethnography Fellowship

The University of Memphis (my graduate alma mater) is pleased to announce a new fellowship program for prospective MA students in applied anthropology who are seeking to work in customer experience and business anthropology. The ServiceMaster Design and Innovation Ethnography Fellow will receive core training in ethnographic methods and apply their skills in a business … Continue reading U. Memphis Announces the ServiceMaster Design and Innovation Ethnography Fellowship