Research

Finding your place on Ad Hoc's research team

September 23, 2020

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Ad Hoc researchers come from a wide variety of backgrounds from archaeology to anthropology to museums to education. The team is proudly a place where we accept and encourage the diversity of people and their experiences.

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How to create an inclusive user research environment

June 18, 2020

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As researchers, we’re on the front lines of understanding the people who use our services, and that means we need to be inclusive in how we conduct our research.

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How to keep your research practice going in a remote world

May 12, 2020

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Instead of hitting pause on user research plans, now is the time to understand the benefits of remote research.

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Why design skills are a power-up for researchers

January 23, 2020

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Figuring out your research questions, finding participants, and doing the research are only part of the challenge. Perhaps the most significant work comes when you need to tell the story of your research.

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Anthropology techniques in human-centered design: The deep hang

November 22, 2019

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Anthropologist Clifford Geertz has a great story about a wink. If you’re in a crowded room and you happen to see someone twitch their eye, what do you think: That they just shared an intimate joke with someone? That they have a nervous tic? That an eyelash is stuck in...

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The case for listening to enterprise users

November 12, 2019

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For companies that rely on consumer sales, there’s a clear business case for creating intuitive, pleasurable user experiences. But what about situations where the consumer or end user is not the customer? Where the organization is the customer, there may seem to be less incentive to design around the needs...

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Qualitative and quantitative research

March 14, 2019

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Most of our work is focused on qualitative studies, and we find that there is often a lack of clarity among our stakeholders on the benefits of qualitative versus quantitative data.

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Moving into UX

March 01, 2018

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I have an anthropology degree, and I believe that working in User Experience (UX) research is one of the most meaningful applications of that training.

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What Jurassic Park can tell us about human resilience and human-centered design

December 21, 2017

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The ways we engage with government websites and services reveals the resilience of people. We work to adapt to processes and make the technology work for our purposes even when they aren't suited to us.

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Faith in the foundations: Lessons from DC history for compassionate design

December 15, 2017

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In our work designing, building, and maintaining websites, we could take a lesson from the 19th Street Baptist Church, and the many other religious buildings throughout DC that have served as homes for multiple faiths over time.

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UX Offsite 2017 in Portland, Oregon

July 28, 2017

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Our growing UX team got together in real life in beautiful Portland, Oregon last week to talk, work, drink lots of coffee and tea, eat, and generally, spend some quality time together.

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Presentation at Web Content Mavens Meetup on content-driven user experiences

September 22, 2016

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Tonight, Ad Hoc User Experience Research Manager Laura Ellena gave a presentation at the Web Content Mavens meetup in Washington, D.C. called MavenMini - Content-Driven User Experiences.

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