An Empathy Toward Things // Melancholy in Complex Systems

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An Empathy Toward Things // Melancholy in Complex Systems

// An Empathy Toward Things Recently, I’ve become hyper-aware and sensitive to what I call the “melancholy awareness of fleeting beauty.” I wonder if it might be the combination of becoming a mother and working in consulting, although my husband and I have talked about this concept for many years. The Japanese phrase mono no aware points to ...

The generalist and the specialist – some thought-sparks!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments
The generalist and the specialist – some thought-sparks!

Photo by: Jim Blackstock (http://jimblackstock.com/) This post on Medium by Jon Gold on ‘how to work with a team of generalists’ (LINK: https://medium.com/words-about-design/12e0882c51d1), sparked a weekend conversation on twitter about specialists vs generalists. In the conversation, the reference was made to another post, which shows the other side of the coin, when specialists are left behind ...

#Hothouse12 and #DE2012 done. Next up: LIFE in Berlin!!!

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | 2 Comments
#Hothouse12 and #DE2012 done. Next up: LIFE in Berlin!!!

Dear beloved internet-friends. Please pardon my long absence…somehow the last couple of months of the Master’s of Design Ethnography program got completely swallowed up by the final research project – our Hothouse Summer. The final project got wrapped up by mid August and now it is almost October…How did this happen? Well, a few things ...

First explore, then focus – #Hothouse12

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments
First explore, then focus – #Hothouse12

As I mentioned in my previous post, we have moved into the third semester of the Design Ethnography Master’s program and I have traveled back to the States for my final Hothouse Summer research project. Since the official kick-off on May 1st, time has flown by and after the first month, which we consider the ...

Living the busy life in New York City? Willing to share your experience with me?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | 2 Comments
Living the busy life in New York City? Willing to share your experience with me?

It’s that time again…we are looking for participants for our final research project as part of theHothouse summer.     As part of our Master in Design Ethnography at the University of Dundee, we are working on a research project to understand more about family life in busy households living in large cities. Specifically, we want ...

EPIC Europe – a reflection #euroepic

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | One Comment
EPIC Europe – a reflection #euroepic

What a whirlwind of a week. We have kicked off our third and final semester of the Msc Design Ethnography at the University of Dundee – the Hothouse Summer. While the first client meetings, the intial desk research and the exploration into the overlaying topic of self-service have kept us busy, the class of #DE2012 ...

Your Family Story – reflections of an HCI Project

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments
Your Family Story – reflections of an HCI Project

YOUR FAMILY STORY The brief for this project asked us to do research for brightSolid, an online technology business specializing in ancestry and genealogy. I am personally very interested in the idea of memory storing and collaborative sharing of (personal) information on the web, so I was very engaged in this project from the beginning. CONCEPT ...

The Design Ethnography Process (created by the #DE2012 group)

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments
The Design Ethnography Process (created by the #DE2012 group)

As part of the workshop for the Experience Research 2 module, our group organized a “DE tour” with which we tried to give our client an insight into what Design Ethnography is, how it works, and how it can lead to new opportunities for them. We organized 6 stations around the college and at each ...

#DE2012 What happened to March?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments
#DE2012 What happened to March?

Since starting the Design Ethnography program here in Dundee last August I have made sure I document all work and projects as best as I could…until March hit. Here is an attempt to wrap my head around what happened in the past six weeks… The last few weeks have been a blur. We completed the ...

Ethnography is all about wicked problems. We need to be confident to be unconfident!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments
Ethnography is all about wicked problems. We need to be confident to be unconfident!

This past week we officially kicked-off the Experience Research 2 module and man, have we hit the ground running! We have had so many amazing speakers coming through the studio or joining us online that my creative juices are going full speed…and we still have many more to come! We started the week with a short ...