Iota Partners is a new Chicago-based venture of Rick Robinson and John Cain (with whom Experientia partner Jan-Christoph Zoels once worked at Sapient) that deals with user experience research, sensor-based data, and smart modelling.
The papers section on their website is worth exploring in some depth. Here are some of them:
This paper is based on the transcript of Rick E. Robinsonâ€™s talk â€œAfter Ethnography,â€ which he presented at a Telefonica-sponsored conference on user-centered design in Madrid, in December 2010. Bringing together a series of points Rick calls his â€œtiny argumentsâ€ it forms a larger assessment of the state and future of user research.
This sample chapter comes from a book in progress by Rick E. Robinson that will bring together many of Rickâ€™s talks and writings on the theory and practice of user research. Based on a talk Rick gave at an internal research colloquium for senior staff members at a major technology companyâ€”an audience already familiar with Rickâ€™s previous work at E-Labâ€”the talk focused on creating an effective research practice and on working with the idea of models.
Valuable to Values: How â€œUser Researchâ€ Ought to Change
â€œValuable to Values: How â€˜User Researchâ€™ Ought to Change,â€ written by Maria Bezaitis and Iota Partner Rick E. Robinson, originally appeared in Design Anthropology: Object Culture in the 21st Century (Springer Vienna Architecture, 2010) edited by Alison J. Clarke, a professor at University of Applied Arts Vienna, and a student of anthropologist Daniel Miller when she did her graduate work at University College, London. It covers a lot of ground. Some history. Some reflection. A healthy dose of unsolicited advice to several different fields of research. Enjoy.