People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Monthly Archives: December 2017

A Year in Review and Looking Ahead

Another year is coming to an end. Here’s our look back and look ahead.


A Year in Review:

Looking Ahead:

  • We’re gonna continue with our Monthly Method Spotlight and Wandering Librarian series, so keep an eye out and let us know if you have suggestions of libraries, bookstores, and archives to explore.
  • We are reading Designing Your Life and look forward to continue learning how design thinking can be used not only for our careers, but also for our lives, in general.

How was your year? What are you looking ahead to?

Wandering Librarian: Valladolid, Yucatan

On a recent family vacation to Mexico, I of course had to visit a library in the town of Valladolid where we were staying. Unfortunately, the Dia de la Revolucion meant the public library was closed. Downtrodden, I stumbled upon an English library next to Casa Hamaca where we were staying.  I spoke with the German volunteer about the library. Turns out it was a library for the English classes taught for free by volunteers. Speaking more with the owner of the Casa Hamaca, I was told that the library was cataloged by a volunteer librarian. (I had wondered how and why the collection was ordered under the Dewey System).

The conversation went further into the need for more English materials and also the problem of getting updated materials to the outlying Mayan villages. Hmmmm, future project for us?


Asian Americans and Libraries

Asian American Librarians and Library Services - Activism, Collaborations, and Strategies

Just came in the mail and hot off the press! Asian Americans and Libraries: Activism, Collaboration and Strategies for the 21st Century was just published last month.

Check out the book, related podcasts, and our chapter – Going Beyond the Bamboo Ceiling: Issues and Challenges for Asian Pacific American Patrons and Librarians.

Monthly Method Spotlight: Informance


What:  A “informative performance” of behaviors that you have witnessed or researched. Informance uses acting as a way to tell, explain and share an idea.

When/why: Informance is a good way to build a shared understanding of a concept.

How: Designers showcase an idea by role-playing and putting on a performance.

Interested in using/applying these methods in your work? Contact us for information.