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 … Continue reading What is a researcher? A personal manifesto

Research and Design Deliverable: Story Maps

As a research and design deliverable, story maps are a useful tool for getting everyone on a project team on the same page, and having a common reference point for making design and development decisions for a product, service or idea.

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Rise from pixel-pusher to a product visionary with a new type of design document called a “story map.”

What is a story map?

A story map is a new type of design document that shows the big idea of your product experience at a glance.

A good story map is your golden ticket to unify your team, secure executive support, and help you find a way to ship.

Halfway between a storyboard and a treasure map, it bundles the value and functional flow of your product with the delight people might feel at each step in your product. It sketches the UX flow without locking it down, and it delivers the gist of an idea and the emotional gestalt without prematurely belaboring the details.

A good story map conveys what
your project can do at a glance.

A story map depicts how your product works and why it matters—

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Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Design Anthropologist Armonía Alvarado

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring anthropologists (and professionals with anthropology training) who work outside of the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to other practitioners and (prospective) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies … Continue reading Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Design Anthropologist Armonía Alvarado