#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 ...

Reflection IN action // Bringing me closer to the process

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

In this module we have focused most of our discussions and exercises around three main concepts: strategy, process, and design – particularly what it means to be a 2.0 designer. I often talk about the idea of process and this essay has lead me back to the concept of process in design. I recently read ...

Re-language the world…

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

On thursday this week John Wood, Emeritus Professor of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London came to talk to us about Synergies in design. His research is currently focused on meta-design and attainable Utopias. In his talk, he spoke about synergies and this idea that synergy offers abundance without needing additional resources. He brought up Buckminster Fuller. He said that Fuller thought ...

The germ of the idea is always the observation…

Posted by on Nov 19, 2011 in Ethno Thinks | No Comments

Frog Design‘s inspiring magazine Design Mind is a great place to get your wheels spinning…I recently read the Issue on Work – Life and the above quote resignated with me and what we have been talking about in the past couple of weeks…(You can read a couple of the articles from Issue 12 online HERE!)