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anthro/studio

An occasional blog exploring some of the current states of anthropological practice and their context in the broader society.

Empathy of Anthropology — anthro/studio

The number one rule in practicing anthropology is to be empathetic. This rule is incredibly important in today’s technological landscape. As we get increasingly intimate with our devices, work places, and institutions, producers are beginning to employ empathy —— often under a process called human-centered design. The popularity of this “innovative” design philosophy made me wonder: what were they designing around to begin with?

Humans should have been at the center of the design process this whole time—not just for products, but for institutions as well. Our job market, for example, was designed around a capitalistic system in which… Continue reading

Heroism of Anthropology — anthro/studio

Human centered design and design thinking are on the up and up. Consultancies, agencies, and industries worldwide are finally understanding the power of a human centered research process. There is no shortage of kitschy case studies that highlight the value of this approach. My favorite is the story of a hospital system that was years behind on converting to a digital system. Programs were put in place to incentivize doctors to adopt the iPad based platform — but nothing worked. It was only when the iPad mini was introduced did the hospital convert to the new and improved way of… Continue reading

NAPA introduces the anthro/studio blog

NAPA is happy to announce the launch of a new, occasional post on these pages, anthro/studio. According to the author, Marion Tanis, anthro/studio is going to be a space for anthropologists to explore impending futures in a rapidly changing world. The blog will publish innovative thought pieces that articulate the future of the human experience. We hope you will check in from time to time to see what compelling ideas and assertions are being laid out.
 
Marion is a design semiotician, contemporary anthropologist, and freeform consultant currently based in Austin, Texas — he is the creator of anthro/studio.… Continue reading