Brandon Meyer

Brandon Meyer

Brandon is an aspiring design anthropologist (DA) and design researcher working at the intersection of codesign, transition design, speculative design, and actor network theory as an ontological inquiry into proposed futures. He holds a BA in Anthropology from North Carolina State University where he graduated Summa-Cum Laude and continues to work as a web and graphic designer - including designing the new NAPA website.

The Enduring Value of Anthropology For Business

New strategies and trends in business and design that derive from anthropological origins are represented as efforts to empathize with users and consumers by walking in their shoes. However, researchers that have been educated in a four-field anthropology program have developed habits of thought for analyzing what is generally accepted or understood and expand or reframe social and cultural knowledge through theoretical and conceptual frameworks.

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The (so-called) Quantitative-Qualitative Divide

With the advent and proliferation of digital technologies into nearly every facet of life today there is almost no research topic in the modern world that doesn’t include a virtual or technological component. While these practices raise issues of privacy and power, the notion that vast amounts of data can be automatically and immediately collected with little cost or training is an alluring proposition for many businesses.

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