I presented my first case study as a design researcher at EPIC 2018. EPIC stands for Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference and as its website says “EPIC is the premier international gathering on ethnography in business.” It’s a must attend event for design researchers because the caliber of the content is so rich, diverse and thought-provoking.
At the request of an IDEO colleague I submitted a case study. You can read it here. The case study focused on my work with data scientists and how we used a mix methods approach to create a customized software product for one of our client’s.
This was my first time submitting a paper to a conference before and the experience was strangely exhilarating and daunting. It can be quite the reflection moment to document your work practice and then refashion it for a wider audience. I highly recommend every designer has this experience. It can be quite telling to document what people may think is magic or intuition only to reveal during this process your effort and hard work. :)
Why didn't if fix my shirt?
I had to boil my 30+ page paper into a 10-min presentation. That was interesting in itself. I spoke about mix methods, mixing data science and design research for better, more human-centered outcomes.
Bonus the conference was in Hawaii
I swam every day and got to go to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI as well. So all in all it was a GREAT conference trip!