Have I mentioned how much I like Anthony Bourdain and his show “No Reservations”?

Yes I have indeed mentioned it before. I like it so much because he starts at a place that anthropologists are trained to not go: the sheer love of the unexpected. We are trained to avoid being Indiana Jones, we are not just globe-trotting dilettantes, we are scientists! Well, that really takes the fun out … Continue reading Have I mentioned how much I like Anthony Bourdain and his show “No Reservations”?

Have you ever seen a product category in the throes of Bundle Death?

Making recommendations to clients about what to do next is an important part of the job of the team the anthropologist is working in. In addition to understanding people, anthropologists need to understand markets. What’s up, what’s down, it’s hard to really take part in ideation if you don’t know what is already in the … Continue reading Have you ever seen a product category in the throes of Bundle Death?

Ways to make order of the chaos of ethnographic data

Jono is a former colleague of mine at Jump Associates. In a recent e-mail to me I noticed a blog link I had not seen before. The first thing I saw was a nice little post called “Recording ethnographic observations: Five useful frameworks”. It compares different ways people use to chunk out the things they … Continue reading Ways to make order of the chaos of ethnographic data

Psychology, Design and Economics of Slot-Machines

I found this great link in a Slashdot post that points to a Stanford class on design taught by Michael Shanks. It is by two students, William Choi and Antoine Sindhu, on the design, psychology, economics and social impact of the slot machine. Give it a read…

How to prepare yourself for a job in anthropology outside of academia when you get out of school

1. Purge any elitist tendencies from your soul. It blinds you to the opportunities and people around you. Remember that, statistically speaking, scoring in the 95th percentile on the SAT or GRE proves without doubt there are a few million people out there that are still smarter than you are. No one cares if you … Continue reading How to prepare yourself for a job in anthropology outside of academia when you get out of school

Check out these anthro-blogs

I was reading my news feeds for anthropology and ethnography today and found a sit for a site called Afarensis: Anthropology, Evolution and Science. Its part of a larger blog network with checking out called Scienceblogs.com. The network also includes the archeology blog Avardarcheology. Check them out, and if you are an anthro-blogger yourself let … Continue reading Check out these anthro-blogs

Why isn’t ethnography.com more focused on ethnography? Um, ‘cause I don’t feel like it.

A friend asked me how many people regularly read this blog. Well, not a lot. There is a good reason for this. I have owned the domain ethnography.com for about a decade, as well as several other anthropology related domains. On the other hand, while I am an ethnographer, my professional life is focused on … Continue reading Why isn’t ethnography.com more focused on ethnography? Um, ‘cause I don’t feel like it.

A quick guide to business case studies for social scientists

“Project X Challengers” is a series from Digital Manga Publishing that shows the history of the development of different breakthrough products in the distinctive manga style from Japan. Currently, there are three books in the series: “Nissin Cup Noodle”, “7-11 bring the convenience market to Japan” and “Datsun Fairlady Z (Project X 240Z Challengers)”. You … Continue reading A quick guide to business case studies for social scientists

CEO’s Arent Anthropologists!

I read a lot of blogs, but I usually find myself responding to the Business Week Blogs more than others. Today is no exception. Bruce Nussbaum recently gave a speech at the Royal College of Art stating that CEOs Must Be Designers, Not Just Hire Them. Think Steve Jobs And iPhone. My Response: So Bruce, … Continue reading CEO’s Arent Anthropologists!