[wp-ui] Web Designer and Nonprofit Interview Participants

Kristina Krause k_kristina_ at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 22 11:05:27 UTC 2010

Hi Toon,


Thank you for such a full response! I am very interested in scheduling an interview with you. Do let me check travel options, as I would not mind a chance to take a short trip to Brussels. Otherwise, would you be interested in a phone interview?


Also, do you think those in the organization involved in approving your design decisions etc. would be willing to chat with me as well?


On a side-note, your designs are fantastic!




Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:52:42 +0200
From: toon at automaton.be
To: wp-ui at lists.automattic.com
Subject: Re: [wp-ui] Web Designer and Nonprofit Interview Participants


I would like to cooperate with your research, although I'm not sure I apply.
I am a web designer for a government-run educational magazine (www.klasse.be). That means I'm employed by the Ministry of Education, which is not strictly a 'non-profit'. Yet we do operate outside of regular market forces and as an organisation have an independent status in which we set most of our own priorities. Our websites do not add to any financial bottom line, but are long-term projects aimed at information and education, they are at their very core user-centred. We have one in-house web designer (me) and one web developer who are responsible for anything we do online. In day-to-day operations we operate a lot like a non-profit. We have very limited and unflexible resources. The fact that we are an in-house web team largely has to do with the difficulty for a small-scale government entity to outsource web design/development and the desire to integrate the web and professional online communications into Klasse's core business.
We have chosen Wordpress as a platform for the new version of our site for parents (www.klasse.be/ouders) which is currently being developed, based on the 3.0 beta.
I am available for an interview, but am not in the UK at the moment. I will be on holiday in Kent in July, if that's any help.

I hope this helps. You are, in any case, always welcome to pay a visit to our editing floor if you are interested in the project in general.

Kind regards,

Toon Van de Putte
Multimedia & vormgeving - Redactie Klasse
Koning Albert II-laan 15, 1210 Brussel
(02) 553 04 21 - toon at klasse.be

www.klasse.be - www.yeti.be - www.maks.be

On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 12:18 PM, Kristina Krause <k_kristina_ at hotmail.com> wrote:

*Apologies for duplicate and cross posting, failed to change subject line. *




To introduce myself again: My name is Kristina Krause and I am a masters student in social anthropology at the University of Canterbury in Kent conducting a study on client-web designer relationships in the nonprofit sector. I am currently seeking web designers and nonprofits who utilize Wordpress.org and who would be willing to be interviewed.

The goal of this project is to better understand the ways in which technology can become more sustainable for nonprofit clients by examining how nonprofits interact both with web designers and website technology, or in this case: Wordpress.  


As part of my research I would like to conduct two interviews with participating web designers and nonprofits. The first interview being very open-ended and involving a general discussion of the web design process and the second more structured with questions evolving from the first. 


I would be incredibly grateful if participants could provide me with 1 hour of their time on two separate occasions to conduct these interviews. If you are based in England, relatively near Canterbury or London, I would love to meet you in person. If you are located elsewhere, a phone interview would be fantastic. 


Also, I prefer to film or record the interviews, dependent on the interview location and to take one photograph of the interviewee to attach to the transcript. If there is discomfort with any (or all) of these methods, please do let me know. Interviewees of course have complete control over all resulting information, and I can use a pseudonym if preferred. 


Finally, I would like to offer nonprofits in exchange to answer any website related questions or to complete any minor updates if your organization is in need. 


For web designers, I hope that my research will be a helpful resource for you and an opportunity to reflect on your own workflow!


Thank you for taking the time to read my request, and any further questions are welcome!

Please contact me at this email address:  k_kristina_ at hotmail.com.


I have also posted my research proposal (in progress) http://www.appliedanthrodesign.com/research/ if interested.


Thank you again,



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