27 episodes

The Anthro to UX podcast is for anthropologists looking to break into user experience (UX) research. Through conversations with leading anthropologists working in UX, you will learn firsthand how others made the transition, what they learned along the way, and what they would do differently. We will also discuss what it means to do UX research from a practical perspective and what you need to do to prepare a resume and portfolio. It is hosted by Matt Artz (https://mattartz.me), a business anthropologist specializing in design anthropology and working at the intersection of product management, user experience, and business strategy. To learn more about the Anthro to UX podcast and career coaching services, please visit the website (https://anthropologytoux.com).

Anthro to UX with Matt Artz Matt Artz

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The Anthro to UX podcast is for anthropologists looking to break into user experience (UX) research. Through conversations with leading anthropologists working in UX, you will learn firsthand how others made the transition, what they learned along the way, and what they would do differently. We will also discuss what it means to do UX research from a practical perspective and what you need to do to prepare a resume and portfolio. It is hosted by Matt Artz (https://mattartz.me), a business anthropologist specializing in design anthropology and working at the intersection of product management, user experience, and business strategy. To learn more about the Anthro to UX podcast and career coaching services, please visit the website (https://anthropologytoux.com).

    Olive Minor on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    Olive Minor on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    In this Anthro to UX podcast episode, Olive Minor speaks with Matt Artz about her UX journey, working in global health, and her current role at Anthro-Tech. Olive earned a PhD in anthropology from Northwestern University.
    About Olive Minor
    Olive is an applied anthropologist and UX researcher working at the intersection of global health and technology. Whether in global health or tech, Olive uses her research skills to understand the needs and experiences of vulnerable groups and translates their insights into practical recommendations that improve policies, programs, and products.

    Olive earned her PhD in Anthropology and Masters in Public Health (MPH) at Northwestern University in 2014. Her dissertation research explored how transgender people in Kampala, Uganda, balanced visibility, and risk in the context of Uganda’s 2008 Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Olive’s MPH thesis examined barriers to HIV prevention and treatment services for transgender Ugandans. One of her proudest accomplishments was in 2014-2015 when she carried out fieldwork with Oxfam’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa sparking key changes in their community engagement strategies.

    In 2016, Olive was awarded an ACLS Public Fellowship to conduct research and evaluation with the International Rescue Committee. At IRC, she collaborated with research and design partners to identify and find solutions to barriers that refugees face when resettling in the U.S.

    In 2019, Olive pivoted to design anthropology in global tech, and has carried out research with companies like Google, Facebook, and Etsy.

    At Anthro-Tech, Olive continues to craft her career from the things she loves: seeing new places, talking with people, and trying to make the world a better place through User-Centered Design.

    When she’s not working, you might find Olive cruising around Seattle on her e-bike, playing in the park with her daughter, reading fiction, practicing the piano, or practicing French vocab on Duolingo.
    Recommended Links

    Olive Minor on LinkedIn
    Anthro-Tech website

    • 43 min
    Gigi Taylor on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    Gigi Taylor on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    In this Anthro to UX podcast episode, Gigi Taylor speaks with Matt Artz about her UX journey, working in advertising, and the pivot to product. Gigi earned an MA in applied anthropology from the University of North Texas. She was a partner in the Practica Group and is currently a Qualitative UX Researcher at Indeed.com.
    About Gigi Taylor
    Gigi Taylor is a cultural anthropologist working as a qualitative UX researcher with Indeed in Austin, Texas. As a research practitioner, she conducts cultural anthropology research for business. As a scholar, she conducts anthropology research of business.  What distinguishes her applied and academic research is that she uses a cultural anthropological lens to study business—advertising, consumers, brands, consumption, users, products, digital experiences, and organizations.

    She embraces the idea that consumer and user experience insights informed by a cultural analysis can serve as the muse and inspiration for all aspects of product and brand strategy.  The magic of cultural analysis is the theory of interpretive and symbolic cultural anthropology (Clifford Geertz and Victor Turner).

    She was a partner with Practica Group, a consumer anthropology research consultancy where she conducted ethnographies, focus groups, interviews, diary studies, and observations. She started her research strategy career as an Account Planner at Publics & Hal Riney Advertising in San Francisco and has owned Luminosity Research, a qualitative research consultancy, since 2006.

    She has a PhD and MA in Advertising from the University of Texas and an MA in Applied Anthropology from the University of North Texas. Her published academic research has appeared in both advertising and anthropological journals.
    Recommended Links

    Gigi Taylor's website
    Gigi Taylor on LinkedIn

    • 47 min
    Peter Leykam on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    Peter Leykam on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    In this episode of the Anthro to UX podcast, Peter Leykam speaks with Matt Artz about his UX journey, cryptocurrency, and working in emerging tech. Peter is an anthropology PhD candidate at UC Santa Cruz and holds an MA in anthropology from Hunter College. He is a User Experience Researcher at Coinbase. Previously he worked for Alibaba.
    About Peter Leykam
    Peter Leykam is an anthropologist working at the intersection of markets and design. He researched design and business strategy in Chinese businesses while doing graduate studies in the anthropology of capitalism and design at UC Santa Cruz. Realizing that design research was more interesting than researching design, he left academia to focus on user research. He has worked in a number of fields, including wearable AI tech, e-commerce, and is now at Coinbase, where he helps build technologies and platforms for emerging cryptocurrency markets.
    Recommended Links

    Peter Leykam on LinkedIn
    Coinbase Learn
    The Held Report
    The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains by Anthony Lewis
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    • 37 min
    Racine Brown on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    Racine Brown on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    In this episode of the Anthro to UX podcast, Racine Brown speaks with Matt Artz about his UX journey, medical anthropology, and leading a UX team. Racine earned a PhD in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida. He has worked for Radiant Digital and is starting a new role at AnswerLab where he will be a Senior UX Researcher. Racine also served a tour in the United States Marine Corps as a platoon leader and staff officer.
    About Racine Brown
    Racine Brown is a business anthropologist and user experience researcher with extensive research and leadership experience.  Racine’s perspective on people and on the conduct of research is informed by a wide array of roles filled and activities he has participated in over the last couple of decades.

    After graduating with a BA in anthropology from Wake Forest University, he served a tour in the United States Marine Corps as a platoon leader and staff officer.  Racine is well versed in theory and practice in biocultural anthropology from his time in graduate school, first completing a Masters’ in anthropology at the University of South Carolina and then a Ph.D. in applied anthropology at the University of South Florida.

    His post-graduate work includes research on the association between traumatic brain injury and post-injury weight gain during a post-doctoral fellowship at the Tampa Veterans Affairs Medical Center and pro-bono consulting for a couple of Tampa Bay-area non-profits.  Racine’s UX research work includes consulting with startups in the property-tech and fintech spaces and work as a lead UX researcher and research Manager for Radiant Digital, LLC.

    This week, he will start a new role as a senior UX researcher for AnswerLab.
    Recommended Links

    Racine Brown on LinkedIn
    Racine's UX articles on Radiant Digital

    • 51 min
    Nadine Levin on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    Nadine Levin on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    In this episode of the Anthro to UX podcast,  Nadine Levin speaks with Matt Artz about her UX journey, mixed methods research, and democratizing research. Nadine earned a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford. She has worked for Facebook and is currently a Senior User Researcher at San Francisco Digital Services.
    About Nadine Levin
    Nadine Levin is an anthropologist, UX researcher, and writer.

    A molecular biologist turned anthropologist of data turned strategic researcher, Nadine has been thinking about the social implications of data for years. Nadine started her career by working with scientists, arts and humanities professionals, lawyers, and philosophers on big data practices, open science, and personalized medicine. She then moved on to Facebook as a mixed-methods researcher where she got to play with data to figure out how to make the Facebook experience better for its global user base.

    Most recently, Nadine moved on to San Francisco Digital Services where she is working to improve citywide systems and democratize research in the organization.
    Recommended Links

    Nadine Levin on LinkedIn
    Nadine Levin on Twitter
    Nadine Levin on Google Scholar

    • 54 min
    Maria Angelica Lizarazo Tarazona on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    Maria Angelica Lizarazo Tarazona on Anthro to UX with Matt Artz

    In this episode of the Anthro to UX podcast, Maria Angelica Lizarazo Tarazona speaks with Matt Artz about her UX journey, product management, and how her information technology skills support her anthropology work. Maria earned a degree in Anthropology from the Universidad Externado de Colombia and works as a UX research lead.
    About Maria Angelica Lizarazo Tarazona
    Maria Angelica Lizarazo Tarazona is an entrepreneur and business anthropologist from Bogota, Colombia. She is currently a UX Research Lead at Blackboard-Anthology. She has more than a decade of experience in digital & tech product development for telco, financial and educational markets.
    Recommended Links

    Maria Angelica Lizarazo Tarazona on LinkedIn

    • 56 min

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Great for anthropology students!

As an anthropology grad student, this kind of resource is super helpful. Great guests that offer diverse perspectives on transitioning from anthropology to the UX industry.

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