Want to be great at UX research? Take a cue from cultural anthropology.

The Stack Overflow Podcast

The home team talks with designer, coder, and anthropologist Maggie Appleton about her path from academic ethnography to leading design at HASH, how she balances creative expression and usability in front-end design, and why UX researchers are really anthropologists by a different name.

HASH, where Maggie works along with Stack Overflow cofounder Joel Spolsky, is an open-core platform for creating simulations that help people make better decisions.

Explore Maggie’s writing on everything from digital anthropology to best practices for illustrating invisible programming concepts.

Maggie recommends the Nielsen Norman Group website as the best resource for folks getting up to speed on research-based UX.

Today’s Lifeboat badge goes to user Sten for their answer to Detecting transparency in an image.

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