Anab Jain

November 18, 2010

Anab Jain at Product Design Research Dundee

The Product Design Research team met with Anab Jain yesterday. It was a good to get the opportunity to sit down with her individually and talk through our own research area and get her valued input.

Founder of Superflux and the instigator of The Power of 8 Anab has experience in interaction and service design, research, filmmaking and speculative design. Her experience in film making on various projects was particularly useful for me – thanks Anab!


I recently presented at the ISA world congress of sociology conference in Gothenburg.

It was an interesting experience as it was my first presenting as a PhD student. I think I got away lightly as the audience were not designers, not interested in design and had no idea what I was talking about! I presented the Dance Base activity and touched on elements of the Pillar ATM design process.

ISA Presentation

ISA Presentation

The fortunate thing was that others on the same panel as I were of the same mindset and at least we were all interested in each others projects/activities. One I particularly liked was presented by Chris Speed of Edinburgh College of Art. He presented a wonderful story of digital tagging, memories and old belongings. You can find out more here.

Video Probes

November 12, 2010

Since my first post on Video Probes I have been developing the use of the design research method through a series of studies. The video probe is a specific time framed video response to a question. The first study was conducted with Dance Base (as previously posted). The participants were asked – “what are your perceptions of dance base?” The responses were then used to help inspire and inform the design of the connected Collection Boxes as well as gain a greater understanding of the people and place.

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The second study was conducted with MSc Ethnography students at Dundee University as part of a deeper study into self-service (more about that later). The student groups approached the probes in very different and interesting ways. Some using it more as a field work tool, others to strengthen their initial insights, others were able to communicate their insights through the probes in a very clear thought provoking way.

The groups were split to focus their field observations on different influencing factors of self-service – Interactions, Transactions, Environment, Consumers.

Their Video Probes can be viewed below





We will now be using the insights from the Video Probes and other activities to inform a project that aims to gain a greater understanding of consumers in relation to self-serivce.

Research Training

January 29, 2009

Yesterday I attended a Reseach Training workshop hosted by Jeanette Paul (Dundee University) and Dr Julian Malins (The Robert Gordons University) at the DCA in Dundee. The event was a joint venture between Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee and Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.


Research Training Workshop

Research Training Workshop

 The workshop discussed and informed us on areas such as contextual review, keeping focus, understanding your argument and the process of review. There was also a useful resource sharing exercise – great for someone at my stage of study.

Professor Tom Inns held an interesting excersise on mapping out your research topic. The Knowledge Mapping method I found very insightful – I even suprised myself at how focused I actually was! The method allowed me to illustrate, who, what and how people, things and literature had and continues to influence my academic research. Displaying your Knowledge Map allowed others to see your topic of interest which sparked up collaborations, discussions and the swapping of the odd business card.


My research map

My research map