Whether we're interviewing someone about their personal finances, observing kids playing catch or testing out a new app, we spend a lot of time talking to and recording people to inform our work.
If there's one tool we had to have it would be our phones. We often use the Voice Memos App to record conversations and the camera to take photos of people we're talking to. But using personal phones isn't always practical so we prefer to have dedicated kits.
Over the years we've tried out all sorts of recording equipment from DSLRs to video cameras, and have gradually found out what works best.
Because it's small and less intimidating than a DSLR or video camera. It has a wide angle lens that makes it handy for recording in small spaces and it's great for leaving in the corner of a workshop on time-lapse.
2x SanDisk 64GB Micro Cards
Because you'll run out of disk space.
Microphone for GoPro
Because the GoPro microphone picks up lots of background noise.
Spare Batteries & Charger for GoPro
Because batteries don't last much longer than two hours when recording.
PowerCube extension lead
For when there's only one plug socket and 4 devices that need charging.
Muji travel adaptor
Because you always forget to bring a travel adaptor when abroad. This is one of the better-designed travel plugs out there.
Because sometimes people struggle to use a trackpad.
Because you don't always know what environment you're going to be in and the Joby Gorillapod lets you secure a camera almost anywhere, which is well handy.
You'll need this to attach the GoPro to the tripod.
Muji Worldwide bag
Because it's nice to keep everything together in a handy travel bag.
Because you always need consent forms and payment receipts. We also include notetaking tips to remind ourselves and clients of our best practices. You can download ours here.
To take notes and share them with the team.
Because you can't have 10 people interview one person, we sometimes live stream interviews and testing sessions to the rest of team.
To quickly edit down footage into something valuable.
Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning — I’m constantly being told that one (or all) of these will soon replace me in my job.
Things don’t always go to plan on projects. It comes with the territory when working in an adaptive, lean and nimble way.