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 ...

An Apparent Acceptance of Discomfort OR The Foreign Voyager

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | 2 Comments
An Apparent Acceptance of Discomfort OR The Foreign Voyager

This Christmas break my husband and I went to Germany. All my family and friends live in Germany, and since I emigrated from Germany to the US in 2003, I have not been able to be home for Christmas. Being in Europe for my Master’s studies finally offered us the opportunity to go back, consume ...

ONE PLACE // MANY STORIES – A project to enhance understanding of a place

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments
ONE PLACE // MANY STORIES – A project to enhance understanding of a place

During this module, we undertook a project for Taylor Haig, a ‘transformation agency’, who help people and places to move forward together through innovation and learning. Our assignment was to focus on one of the challenges about Lochee and communicate it strategically and creatively. Over the past couple of weeks, my team tried to understand ...

Iterations – moving through the process

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments
Iterations – moving through the process

As we moved through this project and started to narrow in on our focus, we discussed different approaches and angles we could take. I strongly believe in paying attention to and taking direction from the process. I mentioned in a previous post that I believe that we must be able to reflect in action – ...

Changing perceptions of Lochee

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

As part of our approach to this challenge we observed our own perceptions of what live in Lochee could be like. Since we all come from different backgrounds and had different levels of familiarity with Lochee, we decided to capture our perceptions before and after our visit to Lochee. I had never been to Lochee ...

How to get the right information to the right people in the right way so they can make the right decisions.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

We are currently in the midst of our final project for the Strategic Information Design Module and as I am trying to wrap my head around the challenge set forth, I am reflecting on the information we have been given over the past couple of weeks. At the beginning of this module, we explored what ...

Movement Patterns – a visual sleep study for #DE2012

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | 2 Comments

via strategicinfodesign.com This was an assignment for the Strategic Information Design module, in which we had to gather 7 days worth of data about our sleep patterns and then tell a story by visualizing the data. Our initial discussions about our quantitative data revealed that we had taken different approaches to gathering the same information ...

Christoph Niemann on Happiness, Work and Creativity (via Brain Pickings)

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

via brainpickings.org I like everything Christoph Niemann does, and since we are discussing different ways of visualizing data for the Strategic Information Design module, these are a perfect example of combining humor with simple truths about everyday life. These are all “standard” styles of graphs and pie charts but infused with a healthy dose of ...