Author: Amanda

applied academics

“There is No Lit Review!”: Applying Academic Skills in UX


On Friday, I attended a panel on applying anthropology to UX, part of the Texas Applied Anthropology Summit. I hoped to see some examples of how an academic discipline could be integrated into technology, and I was not disappointed. The summit’s organizer, Reyda Taylor, is an Anthropology PhD turned research consultant, and in her opening remarks, she noted that

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design process

My Portfolio, Myself


One of the reasons I took some time off was so that I’d finally be able to get my online presence in order, and that included getting my web portfolio in shape. The good news is, I’ve done a lot of stuff. The bad news is, I’ve done a lot of stuff. I was both

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design process

Food Prototyping with IDEO


On  Thursday, I watched IDEO’s prototyping webinar, a teaser for IDEOU’s new “From Ideas to Action” course.  I can’t overstate my excitement when they announced the speakers were from the food division: Danny Brooks (chef turned senior food designer) and Vivian Barad (a senior project lead) talked about prototyping with food, and Suzanne Brooks Howard moderated. We

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civic tech

It’s Not a Hacakthon! The Texas Turnout News Event


Note: When I first started to arrange this event in June, I was working as the Director of Technology at the Texas Tribune. I departed that post at the end of July. The event was on August 26-28, and I wanted to keep helping out because I was so excited. These are my personal thoughts

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