Ethnographic tools used: experience, observation, storyboard, interview
In my research I hounded an average-income-middle-America for data on all their sink experiences. I opted for a group so that when I came up with a prompt I would get answer-chains, where one of the participants might add-on or interject where the first responder left off, hence keeping the amount of time I was talking to a minimum.
The Bowmans (name changed to protect the guilty) are a two parent household with 3 kids now in their mid 20's. I caught up with them during family night at the home of their eldest daughter.
After documenting their kitchen and bathroom sink and then helping to prepare dinner and wash dishes I sat them all down and had them share any sink related anecdotes. These included grossest, most creative, most memerable, etc. types of sink experiences, which involved some neat little moments:
The kids recalled the three of them washing dishes one sibling drying, one washing, one putting away dishes. This was remembered with resentment toward one sibling who opted out due to "dry skin."
The mother recalled cleaning vomit out of the train using her finger tips to reach down the drain for chunks.
Another sibling recalled a party where a guest removed and then subsequently replaced dishes to vomit down the sink. The guests efforts were not discovered for a number of days...
Keeping in the theme of repugnance, one interviewee recalled living in a house where the housewarming party involved the septic backing up through the sink basin and shower novel expelling... welll, you know.. poop stuff.
The patriach of the bowmans recalled a friend's mother Rose, who was forever knitting in anticipation of XMAS when she gave out hundreds of knitted dish scrubbers, which purportedly where much more effective than conventional sponge scrubbers. Images are pending, but will be posted when furnished by the interviewee.
Most felt dishwashing via dishwasher was inefficient. They also shared disdain for piles of unwashed dishes and those they felt responsible. All favored washing with most efficient practices, i.e. cold water, The sponge was also identified as a source of contamination.
Eliminate dish piles/ platter build up
sink basin+dishwasher+disposal are redundant
Separate checks @ restaurants.
waiters/servers redundant? See Travaille in Robinsdale
Metal flag fasteners that clink in the wind against metal pole
Tape/saran wrap that clings to itself
100 yen houses
Blank Check projects