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Sometime earlier this year, I think I had reached a personal threshold for managing information consumption where things just broke down.


A new research project has come along and you need to recruit some research participants.

Castiron Coffee is exploring how to use their waste coffee grinds in low cost dumbbells for CrossFit gyms. They think there’s a market since the weights will by physically larger, and will make it look…


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Till now, we’ve mostly had to look out for ourselves. How we wanted to work out, what we wanted to eat, how we can grow our career, what movies and trips we wanted to take. Life was all about us. But once our baby is born, things shift. There’s a…


The success of a design research project is all about the insights, but getting there is a winding road of necessary administrative tasks: recruitment, scheduling, and consent gathering. And that’s all before you get your first meaningful conversation with the participant.

To make the admin side of recruitment easier, you…


A few items that are almost always with me.

Design research is about sensing and synthesizing the needs of your stakeholders: a fundamentally human task. But we’re tool using mammals, and it’s worth spending some time thinking about the design researcher’s Everyday Carry (EDC). While a quick google of EDC will usually surface photos of knives and paracord (with…


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Like our bodies need oxygen, our businesses need a constant supply of knowledge and understanding to fuel our work. But accessing that knowledge isn’t always as intuitive as breathing.

Understanding the why of your research is the difference between wasted time (and budget), and absorbing previously untapped knowledge and opportunity…


Credit to Flavia Lopez for this great depiction of the research process for Relay Studio

One of my more traumatic design research moments is something I barely remember. I had flown from Palo Alto to London to lead two weeks of field research, and had made a mistake. I had scheduled the first interview for about three hours after I stepped off the plane. As…


Co-creating with your research participant

At the heart of great design research is note taking. Our job is to go into new environments, learn from and capture the experiences of others, and transform that knowledge into insight and action. …


Get your modern CSS rendered right with Heroku, Puppeteer, and Styled-Components

Sometimes, you really just need a nice PDF.

As I’ve been developing Knowsi, one of the things that emerged from my research with design researchers is that hard copies are a necessity. Sometimes it’s a legal policy within the…


We can’t predict the future, but that shouldn’t stop us from designing for it!

Designers today have a responsibility for designing tomorrow, especially when it comes to human health and well-being. Futurecasting (the practice of trying to envision the future) is challenging so to help we can use design thinking…

Andrew Lovett-Barron

Designer exploring security, culture, and foresight. I write weekly essays on http://andrewlb.com Now: UX Research @opentrons Prev: @ideo , @usds , @newa

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