Review Essay: Swedish Design, Addiction by Design, and DIY Style

Introduction Design is a peculiar aspect of the modern economy, figuring significantly into the production of the lived world, and often overlooked. Design, until recently, has been overshadowed largely by scholarly emphasis on aspects manufacture “production”, treated thoroughly by Marxist lenses of analysis. Design is peculiar both in terms of its sequence and kind of … More Review Essay: Swedish Design, Addiction by Design, and DIY Style

Article Comments: “Design Anthropology Meets Marketing”

Graffam, G. 2010. “Design Anthropology Meets Marketing”. Anthropologica, 52(1). Pp. 155-164. How can we make the results of anthropological research meaningful for marketers and business people? This is the central question posed in Graffam’s 2010 article about the relationship between design and marketing from the design researcher’s perspective. As I have previously addressed, the role … More Article Comments: “Design Anthropology Meets Marketing”

Article Comments: “In Researching Emerging Markets, Anthropology Often Trumps Statistics”

Nailer, C., B. Stening, M. Zhang. 2015. “In Researching Emerging Markets, Anthropology Often Trumps Statistics”. International Journal of Market Research, vol. 57, issue 6. Pp. 855-876. Nailer et al. argue that with the exception of large firms, qualitative market research is very much in its infancy – especially so in emerging markets. Despite the problems … More Article Comments: “In Researching Emerging Markets, Anthropology Often Trumps Statistics”

Book Review: The Sublime Object of Ideology

Zizek’s The Sublime Object of Ideology is arguably his most notorious book in an expansive catalogue. His overarching goal in it is to read Lacan against Hegel, and Hegel against Lacan, in an effort to redeem them both as well as present the valuable contribution that the philosophical basis of Lacanian psychoanalysis can add to … More Book Review: The Sublime Object of Ideology

Article Comments: “Design and the Future”

What is futurity to design? Maze’s chapter and contribution to the edited volume Designing Anthropological Futures, briefly addresses several issues and concepts by which design explicitly takes on the future; the way that design formulates what that future ought to look like, and how alternative ideals negotiate their existence within the sphere of the present. … More Article Comments: “Design and the Future”

Article Comments: “Cultures of the Future”

Smith and Otto’s contribution to the edited volume Design Anthropological Futures (2016), is a provoking piece that, though somewhat obfuscated by the language that typifies the philosophically-oriented works of the post-modern turn, presents at its core some valuable questions regarding the epistemological implications of a discipline oriented towards futurity. Smith and Otto draw on the … More Article Comments: “Cultures of the Future”

Article Comments: “A Design Anthropology of Place in Service Design: A Methodological Reflection”

From a methodological perspective, Prendville highlights the strategies that designers use to map lived experiences along the theoretical lines associated with Ingold’s new materialist perspective. These mapping projects, informed through ethnography and participant observation, exposed a number of services not necessarily conceived of by prior perspectives as integral to the daily lives of the elderly Bryker community … More Article Comments: “A Design Anthropology of Place in Service Design: A Methodological Reflection”

Article Comments: “Ethnography and the Empowerment of Everyday People”

“The combination of ethnography and usability engineering results in products that make technology easy to use, enhance joy of use, and fit the socio-cultural context of everyday people at work or home, leading to the empowerment of end-users on cognitive, emotional, and socio-cultural levels.” … More Article Comments: “Ethnography and the Empowerment of Everyday People”

Article Comments: “Ethnography in/of the World System: The Emergence of Multi-Sited Ethnography”

In 1995, George Marcus wrote about the emergent propensity of scholars to explain and describe local cultural logics in a context of interconnected sites. In essence, local logics as explained only with respect to a system of cultural reproduction which extends beyond the specific location designated by some intensive, single-sited ethnographic work. (1995: 96). Marcus’ work has remained significant in modern anthropology, particularly as works regarding human and non-human interaction receives more scrutiny, both in the contexts of ecological anthropology, and more technologically-oriented work in design and material culture. … More Article Comments: “Ethnography in/of the World System: The Emergence of Multi-Sited Ethnography”