EPIC 2019: Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 5:00pm

Two of the School of Design community, BDes Environments Track senior Erin Ryan and faculty Dan Lockton will be taking part in EPIC 2019, the premier international conference on ethnography in business. Taking place at RISD, the conference attracts designers and researchers from industry and academia exploring human relationships with technology, society, and the designed world. Lockton is a member of the program committee for EPIC 2019. The two School of Design activities as part of the conference are:

hi how r u: A Toolkit for Digital Expression

Erin Ryan's exhibit, part of the EPIC 2019 Gallery, is a compilation of participatory design research and ethnographic inquiry exploring the ways in which we communicate digitally. It explores how digital communication within particular social groups has evolved in spite of the constraints of modern-day messaging platforms, how these trends can find parallels in linguistics, and how communication can be furthered in the absence of those constraints to allow for communication that is more specific, creative, and expressive. 

Erin developed the project through an Imaginaries Lab independent study with Dan Lockton, building on one of her projects from Environments Studio 4in spring 2019.

Sunday, November 10, 10:30am–6:00pm
Monday, November 11, 9:00am–4:00pm

Panel: Climate Crisis and Collective Futures

Dan Lockton is convening a panel at EPIC 2019 exploring what ethnographers’ role is in dealing with catastrophic climate crisis. The panel will examine tensions and responsibilities in individual and collective action, individually, within organizations, and beyond. What are the  unique values that ethnographers can bring to this critical issue for our collective futures?

Dan Lockton, Director of the Imaginaries Lab & Chair of Design Studies, Carnegie Mellon University

Makalé Faber Cullen, PhoScope
Györgyi Gálik, Design Council and Royal College of Art
Mike Youngblood, Youngblood Group

Panelist Györgyi Gálik will also be visiting Carnegie Mellon following EPIC, to give the Steiner Lecture in Creative Inquiry on Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 5:00pm, for the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry jointly with the School of Design's Imaginaries Lab.