Design Anthropology

UNT Anthropology Master’s Program


Picking the right anthropology masters program is important. Ideally, you should pick one based on the professors you wish to work with and/or the concentrations they offer.  I was interested in business, technology, and design anthropology, and likewise, I selected the University of North Texas (UNT) anthropology MS program because they offered a concentration in [...]

UNT Anthropology Master’s Program2018-08-03T16:50:44-04:00

AAA Conference 2018 San Jose


AAA San Jose 2018 is the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). It will be hosted in San Jose, CA from November 14-18, 2018. The theme of the program this year is titled "Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation." AAA Conference 2018 San Jose Theme Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resistance, Resilience, [...]

AAA Conference 2018 San Jose2018-08-18T20:19:59-04:00

Anthropology Associations for Design Anthropologists


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 associations, and going to the yearly conferences. By participating in these communities, your knowledge of ethnographic theory and methods will help [...]

Anthropology Associations for Design Anthropologists2018-09-09T18:00:32-04:00

Must-Read Design Anthropology Articles


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 [...]

Must-Read Design Anthropology Articles2018-09-09T18:00:31-04:00

Design Anthropology Videos


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: [...]

Design Anthropology Videos2018-09-09T18:00:31-04:00

Three Anthropological Models in Design Anthropology


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 2006, Marietta Baba stated that design is part of the larger field of business anthropology, and to that end, it is used to create ethnographically informed [...]

Three Anthropological Models in Design Anthropology2018-09-09T18:00:31-04:00

Design Anthropology Books


"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 order [...]

Design Anthropology Books2018-09-09T18:00:32-04:00

What is Design Anthropology?


Have you asked yourself what is design anthropology? If so, this article attempts to demystify the growing relationship of design anthropology and why it is important. Design anthropology is a form of applied anthropology that makes use of ethnographic methods to develop new products, services, practices, and forms of sociality. It is reflective with its [...]

What is Design Anthropology?2018-09-09T18:01:14-04:00

Natalie Hanson Interview – Enterprise User Experience (UX)


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 [...]

Natalie Hanson Interview – Enterprise User Experience (UX)2018-08-18T17:47:11-04:00

Dr. Dori Tunstall Design Anthropology Interview


“The goal of design anthropology is to create conditions of compassion among human beings and conditions of harmony as it relates to the natural world and all of the things that are within it” – Dr. Tunstall On a recent episode of This Anthro Life, Adam Gamwell, and Matt Artz got to interview Dr. Dori Tunstall on [...]

Dr. Dori Tunstall Design Anthropology Interview2018-09-09T18:00:32-04:00
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