Getting into User Experience Research: 3 Senior Practitioners Share Their Stories

One thing I love about the field of User Experience is that it’s full of passionate, curious and talented people with a wide variety of professional backgrounds. In addition to the more traditional UX disciplines of human-computer interaction (HCI), human factors, information architecture (IA), psychology, web design and user-centered design (UCD), the social sciences, arts, … Continue reading Getting into User Experience Research: 3 Senior Practitioners Share Their Stories

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UPDATE: The original article I wrote for Anthropology News has been archived behind a paywall, and is unavailable unless you are an AAA member.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

Practicing Anthropology in Design and Business – Portland State University Presentation

These are my slides from a talk I gave at Dr. Jeremy Spoon's undergraduate Applied Anthropology class at Portland State University on May 20th, 2015. In the presentation, I discussed my educational background, academia-to-work transition, work experience, changing perspective on practicing anthropology, and how I currently apply my anthropology training in user experience, design and … Continue reading Practicing Anthropology in Design and Business – Portland State University Presentation

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)

What I’ve been reading lately: the not-so-weekly digest (#2)

Photo by Isaac Sachs Presenting another installment of a most-highly-recommended collection of articles and websites that shaped my thinking throughout the past few weeks. The articles span across the topics that most excite me at the moment, including research, design, business, technology, food, and culture [change] and society. Research Why do organizations have trouble embracing … Continue reading What I’ve been reading lately: the not-so-weekly digest (#2)

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

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

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Donna Lanclos, Library Ethnographer at UNC Charlotte

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 (potential) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies … Continue reading Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Donna Lanclos, Library Ethnographer at UNC Charlotte