New book / Call for participation
A designerly way of documenting culture
Open call for authors!
Are you a designer fascinated by people and their behaviors? Do you find yourself observing intriguing interactions and cultural cues? And do you feel like authoring a book on the topic?
We're looking for authors like you to contribute to the project. Join a community exploring world's cafes through the unique lens of sociology, cultural studies, and design research.
Learning how to see
Understanding people, their habits, and cultural nuances
Using a combination of sociology, cultural studies, and design research as a foundation, "People-Watching in Cafes" will document social interactions from a designer's perspective.
We provide the criteria and structure for your observations, but you're free to create your own unique approach, tailoring it to your interests and expertise.
The outcome will be an essential guide for any designer looking to gain deeper insights into people and culture for their next project.
How to contribute
Download our canvas
Get a spark for your thoughts. Ultimately, it is your observations that count
Go to a cafe
A brief visit, a power-hour or the whole afternoon: get ready for your new lens
Write down your observations, anecdotes, and experiences
Send your contribution
Submit your work and join the community
Exercise your skills for observing culture
Showcase your unique perspective and voice
Gain exposure among an audience of fellow designers and enthusiasts
Contribute to a comprehensive guide on cafe culture and its implications for design
Join a network of professionals passionate about understanding people and their habits
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