anthropology Category

An Uneasy Truce

Over the past few decades, much has been written about the ways in which project teams bring technologies to market. In this context, social scientists typically partner with specialized designers to bring their research and new concepts to life in a way that is consumable by a variety of team members, including engineers and data scientists. This paper explores one such collaboration, and describes the challenging conditions that team members face — both in their work context and with their peers — in imagining and building a commercially viable software product.

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Think Big Thoughts

In 2006, I was interviewed by Spencer Ante at BusinessWeek for an article they called The Science of Desire.  The article focused on the ways ethnographic research was being used to shape an understanding of customers.  I was quoted in one of the sidebars (top left box in the image below). At the time, I […]

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Interview with ‘This Anthro Life’

Today we talked with Natalie about how software is a product of culture, the state of enterprise UX today, and how she goes about selling research in the enterprise space. We also dig into the fact that research might not always be perfect or live up to your expectations or desires. Finally, we touch on important it is to learn the language and needs of all stakeholders involved to really build trust and successfully deliver in this space.

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Interview with Adobe CC

One of the bloggers for Adobe Creative Cloud reached out and asked me if I would do an interview with her.  She was interested in hearing my perspective on how personas should evolve over time.  Here are the questions she sent me ahead of time: You were one of the early pioneers embracing the term […]

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Art and culture

One of my favorite classes during my undergraduate degree at Smith College was a course on Japan Buddhism. In addition to learning a bit of Japanese history and reading poetry, the professor introduced us to practices like tea ceremony and ikebana (Japanese flower arranging).  Later, my Masters’ thesis explored the role and evolution of traditional ikat weaving in […]

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