Fieldnotes: Stop motion farming

One of the things I planned for my sabbatical is learning how to make stop motion videos for research dissemination / public engagement. I’ve never done it before, and although I’ve always enjoyed the aesthetic, I’ve chosen it because of the relatively low barrier to entry, especially in terms of skill. In my case, scenery […]

Sheep Time?

I’m always trying to figure out new ways of doing remote presentations so I was pretty excited when I was invited to prepare something that could be continually broadcast (or looped) during the Temporal Design: Surfacing Everyday Tactics of Time Workshop @ Design Informatics, Edinburgh University, 28 September, 2015. Here’s what I did:   [ […]

On dogs and design ethnography

My colleague Sarah Baker and I are heading up the School of Design‘s new postgraduate Design Ethnography research stream, and we gave a brief presentation this week to new students. When I was searching for less obvious examples of this kind of work, I came across a lovely project by Malavika Reddy and Taylor Lowe. The […]

Counting Sheep speculative design ethnography research

We’re very excited to launch the website for our Counting Sheep design scenario research, starting with three speculative design ethnography projects, and more on the way: BoneKnitter (Anne Galloway & Dani Clode) The BoneKnitter is a dream for slow technology that honours New Zealand’s natural environment and pays tribute to generations of Māori and Pākehā […]

Golden fleece and other fantastic things

As part of Ethnography Matters‘ Ethnography, Speculative Fiction and Design month, I’ve just published “Towards Fantastic Ethnography and Speculative Design“–a personal reflection on what I’ve been doing (mostly design ethnography) and what’s been inspiring me (mostly Ursula Le Guin). Right after I wrote it, I read the following passage in the latest installment of my […]

Sneak preview: speculative design for animal-human relations

When I get back from Australia we’ll be launching four speculative designs from the Counting Sheep project. Here’s a sneak preview: Grow Your Own Lamb: Would you like your NZ merino meat pasture-raised or lab-raised? BoneKnitter: What if orthopaedic casts were made of all natural, traceable native materials? Sadie & Rye: Could you love artificial […]

New (old) books

Excited to receive reprints of these classic texts for one of the summer projects we’re working on: Full text Full text

Sheep signs

The scan above is from Sarah Franklin’s excellent 2007 book, Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy. I don’t know if her interpretation of the ASL sign for “sheep” makes sense to people who speak ASL (I have to assume she checked!) but I’m completely fascinated by the idea that it performs a hybrid: simultaneously human […]

On the ethnographic

I’m currently in Brisbane for the CCI Winter School, and was very pleased this morning to see that our object ethnography workshop next week will be filled to capacity with bright and interesting people–even though very few participants have identified ethnographic research as part of their projects. I found that last point rather curious, and […]

Teaching: Design Anthropology

A question was recently posted to the anthrodesign list about courses in design anthropology/ethnography, and people were quick to point out the growing number of postgraduate programmes including Design Ethnography at University of Dundee, Design Anthropology at University of Aberdeen, Design Anthropology at Swinburne University, and Culture, Materials and Design at University College London. But […]