The Medium is the Message: A Lesson in Engaging Stakeholders in the UX Research Process

From designers and information architects to researchers and strategists, user experience practitioners must pay attention to the methods by which they communicate their ideas. As Marshall McLuhan first pointed out in 1964, the medium by which information is conveyed affects how the information, or message, is perceived by the audience. This is especially important for…

A Review of the SfAA 2013 Text Analysis Workshop by Lance Gravlee and Amber Wutich

The following is a review of a workshop I attended at the March 2013 Society for Applied Anthropology conference on Text Analysis (i.e., the interpretation of data from things like transcripts, books, diaries, emails, artifacts, images, events, and basically any other object or observation of human behavior and creation). The workshop was put on by…

Participatory research method: neighborhood timeline activity

Click the photo for a larger and clearer image This is a photo of a really nifty participatory method for collecting data or information in a community-based setting, for example the history of a neighborhood. I saw this particular time line in use at a recent community stakeholder meeting in a local Memphis neighborhood, where…