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Latest additions to the AQR Library

Researching UX: User Research
This new book, by James Lang and Emma Howell, contains a host of 'stealables' that will demystify design research and make the world a better place for qual researchers.
Wondering just what to read?
Wondering just what to read? Paul Arnold has the answer. His website contains a whole host of reviews that will keep you occupied for the foreseeable future. Here are just two summary extracts.
Speed dating with a difference
Steve Williams has come up with a new twist to an old format, and he's happy to share it. Let's hear it for SpeedMeet: a fresh slant on consumer closeness.
Bullsh*t Bingo
Oliver Sweet, winner of the 2017 AQR Prosper Riley-Smith Qualitative Excellence Award, on how demystifying the 'cool' in qual made the methods real and the impact tangible.
Branding in the age of strong opinion
Social purpose advertising runs the risk of alienating those it is trying to appeal to
Empowered voices
It's always been taboo to think of children as consumers or customers, and marketing directly to them brings with it criticism from many different parties.
Participant experience
What can researchers do to make the process more engaging and fruitful?
What do I do if...?
The new GDPR offers fresh challenges to our industry. We offer answers to a few basic questions on the topic, with a longer version of this article appearing online.
Escaping sandal-ed prejudice
Veganism is getting a sexy new make-over, but why should you care? Well, it offers insights into a new generation of consumers and a canny stealth marketing exercise.
Made with Qual
Qualitative research faces challenges on a number of fronts, but none of them are insurmountable. And surely, says Lyn McGregor, the best response is to shout out its benefits?
Spotlight on convergence
What's the future of research? It's a big question, but one that feels increasingly important to try and get a handle on. Here, Niall Smith offers his personal take on the topic.
Mapping a new direction
There are few disciplines that seek properly to examine the nature and importance of subjective experience the way market research does, but that's only half the story.
Never the twain shall meet?
One of the hot topics at AQR's recent conference was the cross-over – or even convergence – of qual and quant research. In Brief looks at where this might be heading.
Christmas in chaos
Chaos Theory can help make sense of the most complex and chaotic behaviours
Memories of the future
Why tomorrow could just be many variations of the present
Finding meaning in social media
Instant sharing, measured thinking – a look at how semiotic research delivers actionable consumer insights in our age of online social sharing.
Clean sweep for innovation
Billie Ing and Oliver Sweet, finalists in the AQR Prosper Riley- Qualitative Excellence Award, show why good qual research should be placed at the heart of the innovation process.
Building rapport with children
It's tempting to assume that dealing with children will be kids play – and it can, if you plan ahead. Judy Bartkowiak offers hints and tips for dealing with younger respondents.
Go hit it beyond Wimbledon
We learn from one of the AQR Prosper Riley-Smith Qualitative Excellence Award joint winners how the LTA used behaviour change to gain an advantage point.
Picture Perfect
How to capture the Experience Economy in Art? That was the challenge facing one of the joint winners of 2016's AQR Prosper Riley-Smith Qualitative Excellence Award.
Making an experience real
As more Virtual Reality (VR) content is produced, Neil Stevenson has been pondering a simple question: What makes 'good' VR content good, exactly?
Quals secret weapon
AQR deployed a crack team at the latest AURA seminar showcasing great qualitative research thinking to 100 client-side insight professionals, says Giles Finnemore.
Revealing maps of reality
Liz Montgomery reviews the AQR webinar in which Judy Taylor interviews Wendy Gordon about her new Book Mindframes, on Facebook Live for the first time, a discussion pertinent to new and established researchers.
Just who are we?
There's a tendency to take social media for granted, or to dismiss its relevance over time, but is this because we have not yet tapped the full potential of communities?
Ignorance will be no defence
The GDPR will affect all researchers and that includes you! Luckily help is at hand, with Dr Michelle Goddard offering some helpful pointers prior to AQR's webinar in December.
Negotiating the political maze
Moral foundations theory can help add nuance to the minefield of attitude research
Cracking our elusive System 1
To date researchers have had to work with what people say they feel – but this could be a thing of the past. Now there is a potential way to measure human emotion.
Virtual Customer realities
We are all in a relationship with our customers and, in any healthy relationship, being able to see something from the other person's perspective is important…or so my wife tells me.
Edging closer to professionalisation
Watch out for a possible professional qualification in qualitative research in 2017, following the publication of a comprehensive draft guide to its inception.
Places that Spark Emotions
There's no reason why qualitative researchers need to work in spaces dictated by convenience, cost or functionality, so why not take a walk on the wild side?
Future research needs
Viewing studios are here, they're there, but they're not necessarily everywhere when you need one outside of London. So what does the future hold for the current crop?
Finger on the pulse
Gill Thomas reckons we should learn from Brexit and get market research out of the political doghouse. And who are better placed to help than qualitative researchers?