- Reading Ahead: Project Launch
- Reading Ahead: Figuring out who to talk to
- Reading Ahead: The Interview Guide
- Reading Ahead: Props For The Field
- Reading Ahead: First day of fieldwork
- Reading Ahead: Fieldwork highlights – Tracy
- Reading Ahead: Fieldwork highlights – Erica
- Reading Ahead: Fieldwork highlights – Peter
- Reading Ahead: Fieldwork highlights – Chris
- Reading Ahead: Fieldwork highlights – Jeff
- Reading Ahead: Fieldwork highlights – Julie
- Reading Ahead: Topline Summary
- Reading Ahead: Participatory Design
- Reading Ahead: Photo Diaries
- Reading Ahead: Analysis and Synthesis
- Reading Ahead: Secondary Research (part 2)
- Reading Ahead: Looking for the story
- Reading Ahead: Managing recruiting
- Reading Ahead: Building models
- Reading Ahead: Research Findings
- Reading Ahead: Design Futures presentation
- Reading Ahead: Design Challenge Winners
- Reading Ahead: Focusing Your Story
During the fieldwork cycle, we write quick summaries of each interview session and send these immediately to our clients so they can start to circulate stories. At this point in the process we strive to stay descriptive; our goal is just to get stories about the people we’re meeting out to the extended team (us, our direct clients, and their stakeholders).
Chris (not his real name) is a software engineer in his early thirties. He lives in an apartment in Mountain View with his wife and their small dog. They moved here a couple of months ago, after returning from an extended stay in Europe.
When they left the US for Europe, the couple got rid of many of their possessions, including their books. Now that they’ve settled in again, Chris says he’s still trying to keep from accumulating too much stuff, and has been buying fewer books and using the library more.
Chris says he used to focus more than he does now on finishing books as a form of accomplishment. He described how he used to line up the books he had finished in a row, so he could see a physical record of his reading.
Chris reads a lot of technical books. Since he uses many of these as reference materials, often annotating and bookmarking them, he generally finds it useful to own them in print, rather than borrowing them from the library or using PDF versions.
Chris showed us the various ways he navigates through printed books, including “flipping” and going back and forth between non-sequential pages.
In the following clip, he talks about the flexible navigation afforded by printed books:
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