Hi! My name is Amy.
I'm a Design Researcher and Applied Anthropologist based in Portland, OR. My work focuses on using human-centered research methods to generate insights for strategy and design. I have a deep affinity for helping organizations shape and improve products and services through an understanding of people, context and experience.
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Latest Blog Posts
"Fixing Culture": The Case of Olive Garden
Tasteless, hotdog-bun-like bread sticks. Bland pasta sauce. Operational inefficiency. Excessive corporate spending on private jets and a crappy new logo. These are just a few of the issues [...]
[Book Review] Practical Ethnography: A Guide to Doing Ethnography in the Private Sector by Sam Ladner
I always eagerly anticipate new contributions to the field of business and design anthropology because it’s an area of practice that is still growing and could use [...]
Selling value by understanding values: advancing ethnography through client empathy
As a UX researcher, I get questions from time to time about the art, science and practice of user research from [...]
I was was born in St. Petersburg, FL, where I lived for 22 years before making my way west to Portland by way of Memphis, TN, and Central Illinois. I have never lived anywhere I've loved more than PDX!
In college, I studied abroad in London, England; Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; and Salamanca, Spain.
I'm a foodie. ...There, I said it.
I play kickball and am a solid left-fielder with a surprise boot.
I have four cats: Albert, Ernest, Adonis and Snowball.
My top three favorite movies: The Godfather, Office Space and Dumb & Dumber.