Matt Artz and Adam Gamwell at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting

Consulting Podcasters: Prototyping a Democratic Tool for Multiple Voices, Storytelling and Solution Finding

Anthropology, Matt Artz
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Thanks to the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) for having Adam Gamwell and I of This Anthro Life present at the annual meeting in Philadelphia. We presented as part of the New Methods, Interventions And Approaches session. Our paper title was Consulting Podcasters: Prototyping a Democratic Tool for Multiple Voices, Storytelling and Solution Finding. You can read […]

Organizations & Associations for Design Anthropologists

Organizations & Associations for Design Anthropologists

Anthropology
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For new practitioners of design anthropology, networking and mentorship is key to developing as a design anthropologist looking to apply ethnographic methods to solve design and business challenges. If you fit into that bucket, considering joining the following anthropology organizations and associations, and going to the yearly conferences. By participating in these communities, your knowledge of ethnographic theory and methods […]

design anthropology articles

Must-Read Design Anthropology Articles

Anthropology, Design
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Design anthropology is a form of applied anthropology that grew out of cultural anthropology.  It involves the collaboration between anthropologists, designers, and often other stakeholders. It is a young practice only stretching back to the 1980s. However, despite its relatively short history, it is incredibly forward-looking. But because it is so young, new practitioners often are left looking […]

design anthropology videos

Design Anthropology Videos

Anthropology, Business, Technology
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Design anthropology, with its foundation in ethnographic theory and research methods, is adept at solving modern complex problems by helping practitioners to understand their user’s needs and wants. It has been used in enterprise organizations and consultancies s like IDEO and frog design for decades. If you do know about it, learn more with these videos: […]

three models of design anthropology

Three Models of Design Anthropology

Anthropology, Business, Matt Artz
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While design anthropology, with its use of ethnographic theory and methods, lends itself well to the application of design in business, not all design anthropology models are created equal. In Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice, Ton Otto and Rachel Charlotte Smith argue that there are three models: dA, Da, and DA. Design Anthropology (dA, Da, & DA) […]

history design anthropology

The History of Design Anthropology

Anthropology, Business, Technology
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Design anthropology is a form of applied anthropology that makes use of ethnographic methods. It is reflective, yet given its design-orientation, also deliberately and openly prescriptive. Moreover, design anthropology is adept at solving modern complex problems given its ability to understand the problem by conducting applied research which is framed out through the theory and scholarship […]

design anthropology books

Design Anthropology / Ethnography Books

Anthropology, Matt Artz
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“Design anthropology describes the practices of anthropologists who collaborate with designers and team members from other disciplines in order to develop new product ideas” (Wasson 2000). The Value of Ethnographic Research “The primary contribution of the anthropologists lies in the ethnographic research they conduct with users, or potential users, of the product being envisioned, in […]

Enterprise User Experience (UX) Interview with Dr. Natalie Hanson

Enterprise User Experience (UX) Interview with Natalie Hanson PhD

Anthropology, Business, Matt Artz, Technology
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On a recent episode of This Anthro Life, Adam Gamwell, and Matt Artz got to interview Dr. Natalie Hanson on the topic of applying design anthropology to enterprise user experience (UX). About Natalie Hanson Natalie has been working and researching at the intersection of business strategy, technology, social sciences, and design for nearly fifteen years.  She currently manages two corporate user experience […]

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