Article Comments: “Research Through Design as a Method for Interaction Design Research in HCI”

Zimmerman, J., J. Forlizzi, & S. Evenson. 2007. “Research Through Design as a Method for Interaction Design Research in HCI”, Carnegie Mellon University “Research Showcase @ CMU” Zimmerman, Forlizzi, and Evenson’s article “Research Through Design as a Method for Interaction Design Research in HCI”[1] seeks to make two contributions to the current way that human-computer … More Article Comments: “Research Through Design as a Method for Interaction Design Research in HCI”

Article Comments: “The Complex Field of Research: for Design, through Design, and about Design”

Frankel, L., and M. Racine. 2010. “The Complex Field of Research: for Design, through Design, and about Design”, Proceedings of the DRS 2010 in Montreal, Canada Racine and Frankel’s article, “The Complex Field of Research: for Design, through Design, and about Design” looks to provide a framework for categorizing and ordering the ways that design … More Article Comments: “The Complex Field of Research: for Design, through Design, and about Design”

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

Book Chapter 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 Book Chapter Comments: “Design and the Future”

Book Chapter 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 Book Chapter 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”