Insights as artfully told facts

Posted by on Jan 21, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

The other night we had dinner and drinks with some good friends and after a glass or two of wine, the discussion turned to science and how the general assumption in our society is that if it’s science, its gotta be true. Science is often seen as the eternal truth…unquestionable facts…the secret weapon of many ...

So…what did I get out of all this?

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

Learning, self-assessment and recommendations for future study and work Looking ahead at the beginning of this module, it seemed overwhelming and hard to believe that there would be much one could actually take away from a 3 week module on design research. Overwhelming? Yes definitely, but I did take many valuable lessons away from this ...

Summarizing my experience with Design Research

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

Research methods used and findings arising from them WHY RSA question Something for everyone – Use design to bring the generations together: Design a product, environment or service that eases the isolation and loneliness of older people by uniting them with people of different generations through shared interests or needs. Focus questionFirst version: How has ...

Final thoughts: “You have to trust in the process!”

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

That is what the lecturers told us at the beginning of this course and especially this module. If this module taught me one thing, it is a confirmation of something I strongly believe in – that it’s not about the “What” or “How” (and yes, it is about the “Why”…but more importantly) its about the ...

Day 14 – dun, dun, dun…

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

Tomorrow is the day…All throughout DJCAD there are tired, stressed #MDesign12 and #DE2012  students wandering the halls with a worried look in their eyes… Team A is about ready to call it a day – it always surprises me that things always take longer than you expected them to, no matter how much you planned…But ...

Day 13 – the “team journey”

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

Today is wednesday and we are getting close to presentation day! We first sat down in the studio this morning to start figuring out how to take all our data and findings and structure them into a cohesive 10 minute presentation and before we knew it, it was after lunch. I think it is interesting ...

Day 12 – daunting data. daunting data. daunting data. (say that fast three times…)

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

Ok, people. Data-gathering, interview-transcribing, hot-report-writing…that’s one thing…But data analysis? Now that’s just madness…You see, this is my kind of chaos: And this is what we were dealing with today: (and that’s just the begining…) So needless to say, looking at all this data for hours and hours is daunting…and exhausting. BUT I can honestly say ...

Day 10 – transcribing stories…

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Ethno Thinks | 2 Comments

Today our group got another chance to sit down with Mike Press, our module director to talk about our progress and to get some confirmation that we are moving in the right direction. He seemed to be very confident in our research so far and in our questions and proposed approach to gather information. this….is ...

Day 9 – Objects that tell stories

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

Hazel White and Mike Press took the stage again…Hazel gave us a (fascinating) walk through her background as a jeweler and her past and current projects and Mike gave us some more pointers on presentation giving. I was really interested in Hazel’s approach to jewelry and the idea of jewelry as being objects that tell stories. She pointed out ...