The diverse methodologies that I have used proved to be necessary because when I started this academic study I had already conducted quite a large amount of research into the design of presence from a variety of different perspectives. I wanted to bring to the surface the implicit knowledge that I had acquired throughout the course of these experiences. In my search for appropriate methodologies for data gathering as well as for analysis, I found three concepts that could help me to embed the earlier non-academic work into this academic study: parresia, text laboratory and techno-biography. I will describe these three concepts before I elaborate upon the research design.