Thinking about the political economy of automobility.

Thinking about the Political Economy of Automobility (through the work Dr. Matthew Paterson, 10 years on) The idea of a dromocracy is integral to a description of contemporary society in the context of the modern political economy – it means “ruled by movement and acceleration” (Paterson, 2007, pp. 5, 8, derived from Paul Virilio’s dromology). In … More Thinking about the political economy of automobility.

Fundamentals of Observational Research

Distilled from Eric Youngblood’s presentation on the Fundamentals of Observational Research available at epicpeople.org. Fundamentals of Observational Research Structured Observation: Why, Techniques, Tips Why observation? Challenge embedded assumptions Raise questions and hypotheses Fill in gaps From interviews; because people don’t observe their own lives Reveal overlooked details and patterns Pre-process data in the field Focus … More Fundamentals of Observational Research

Fitness Gym Study: Innovative Biz

The following was delivered as an assignment for a design research class in December 2017 @ Carleton University. Credit to myself, Christel and Maham for being apart of this effort. INTRODUCTION: Our design intervention, the “Gourmet Gym”, explores the potential value contained in reconfiguring the experience of modern fitness clubs. By building on a new … More Fitness Gym Study: Innovative Biz

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