Anthropology Works: Practicing Anthropology in Design and Business

UPDATE: The original article I wrote for Anthropology News has been archived behind a paywall, and is unavailable unless you are an AAA member. Apologies for the inconvenience.  Follow this link to an article I wrote for the American Anthropological Association's Anthropology News website. In it, I talk about how I apply my anthropology training … Continue reading Anthropology Works: Practicing Anthropology in Design and Business

Design Research / User Experience Research Job Interview Questions (Revised & Updated)

photo: thedailyenglishshow.com Back in July 2013, I posted an extensive list of design/user experience research job interview questions I had been asked during interviews for junior-level design/UX research positions. My original intent was to share these questions with people who were starting job searches in design/UX research and who may not be as familiar with … Continue reading Design Research / User Experience Research Job Interview Questions (Revised & Updated)

What I’ve been reading lately: the not-so-weekly digest (#3)

Presenting another installment of a collection of most-highly-recommended articles and websites that shaped my thinking throughout the past few weeks on the topics that most excite me right now: design, research, business, technology, food, personal growth, and culture [change] and society. (Note: I decided to try out a new format for the digest that includes … Continue reading What I’ve been reading lately: the not-so-weekly digest (#3)

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

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Ethnographic Consultant Pedro Oliveira

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 Ethnographic Consultant Pedro Oliveira

Culture, Pushing Boundaries and Change

The Narcissistic (American) Anthropologist

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Recently in my professional career I have been yet again posed the question of “why study cultural context” – not so much from a “prove your value” perspective but from a “help us sell this stuff” perspective.

I got to thinking about the connection between “values” (broad term for not-so-easy-to-measure sociocultural “stuff”) and value (the “dolla bills”) and how the way we (at my company, in my profession) help create meaningful change by solving human-centric problems.

Essentially it really all comes back to identifying the need for and efficiently managing the process for change.  Change is what helps us grow – both socially and  – in business terms, financially.   And it all comes down to understanding the boundaries so you can bust them.

It took me back to my go-to explanation of the meaning of culture:  what happens when humans collectively respond to constraints (the big stuff on a social…

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Some ux/design research job interview questions

Please see the revised and updated version of this post here. I've had a busy past couple months in my search for a job in design research. I'm excited to announce that my freelancing days are over, as I recently accepted a full-time position at a product design consultancy here in Portland (details TBA). With … Continue reading Some ux/design research job interview questions

7 anthropology blogs and websites (and one listserv) you should know about

If anyone is looking for some good anthropology reading material, here is a list of eight online anthropology-related sources that I really enjoy and why. As a whole, they reflect my interests in ethnography, business, consumer research, design, popular culture, and applied social science methods. There a ton of other wonderful sites out there, but … Continue reading 7 anthropology blogs and websites (and one listserv) you should know about