EPIC2022 analogies

Isometric illustrations of bread, trumpet, a worm, alcohol, goo, and ballet shoes

From 10 to 12 October 2022, the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) took place in Amsterdam, with this year’s theme being ‘resilience’ (unlike many conferences, EPIC takes its theme seriously and talks actually address the theme). It’s a conference that I have been wanting to attend for a number of years, and I was […]

Mapping the messy

Diagram of an author's publishing journey, showing several rejections and loopy lines suggesting they had to start from scratch again

On 10 October 2022 I gave a Pecha Kucha presentation at the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) about messy user journeys. Pecha Kuchas have a 20×20 format: 20 slides with 20 seconds of text. Below the transcript of this talk. I would like to start with a quote. “Publishing is basically my job. I […]

HCI/UX research: what methods do we use?

Zoomed in segment of overview of study types

Does HCI/UX research rely more on qualitative or quantitative measures? How many participants do we typically involve? And for how long? I had a look at 1014 studies published at the CHI2020 conference to investigate which research methods are typically used. Data First a bit of context: at CHI2020 a total of 756 papers made […]

How many participants do researchers recruit? A look at 678 UX/HCI studies

Table showing number of participants per study

While the number of participants is only one of many factors in producing a good study, I thought it would be interesting to see how many participants are typically involved in UX/HCI research. So I had a look at all the papers published at CHI2018, the largest – and arguably most prestigious – Human-Computer Interaction […]

Can academia’s ethical guidelines keep up with the pace of tech development?

What if sensors were installed in all toilets? And what if the data these sensors collect is presented publicly, on a website? To kickstart a debate on the potential implications of such technology a small team of people — including myself — created this illusion during an academic tech conference in 2014: we built a […]