Thanks to all who joined for the last UX Book Club, a small but robust turnout for Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point, an intriguing book that made for good conversation.
We're on FB now!
In other news, we've joined the dark side! Yes, that's right, we're on Facebook now. We wanted to make it easier for people to connect and stay up-to-date with the Book Club. I've been part of a few special interest forums that made the move to FB Groups, and the conversation really transformed and opened up. Of course, we will still be sending out emails, and I may even update the website at some point :P
The next book...
We've had a few suggestions for the next book, and have whittled down a shortlist for you to vote on.
Here is the link to vote for the next book:
1. Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life (Business Books, Graphic Design Books, Books on Success)
Begin before you're ready and other lessons on living a happy and creative life: Renowned designer and professional hell-raiser James Victore wants to drag you off your couch and throw you headfirst into a life of bold creativity. In Feck Perfuction, Victore will guide you through all the twists, trials, and triumphs of starting your creative career, from finding your voice to picking the right moment to start a project (hint: It's now). Bring your biggest, craziest, most revolutionary ideas, and he will give you the kick in the pants you need to make them real.
Filled with humor and stern advice, Feck Perfuction provides "dangerous ideas" for unearthing your authentic self, including "the things that made you weird as a kid make you great today," "the struggle is everything," and many more.
No matter what industry or medium you work in, this book will help you live, work, and create freely and fearlessly.
James Victore is an award-winning designer for bold believers, an advocate for creativity, a sought after teacher and speaker, and an artist whose work is exhibited around the globe.
Fans of Austin Kleon's Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad and Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative will love James Victore's inspiring book on embracing authenticity and unleashing your creative self.
2. Beyond Sticky Notes – Co-Design for real: mindsets, methods and movements – Kelly Ann McKercher
Co-design is a transformative, community-centred design method which is much discussed – yet rarely practised authentically. Beyond Sticky Notes teaches you what co-design is and how to do it. Packed full of useful tips, clear diagrams, and practical frameworks, this book will help you lead collaborative design work, and genuinely share power.
A useful book for new and experienced practitioners alike, Beyond Sticky Notes is a definitive guide to the mindsets, methods, and social movements of co-design.
3. Just Enough Research
We've had this in the shortlist before, and it deserves another chance!
Design research is a hard slog that takes years to learn and time away from the real work of design, right? Wrong.
Good research is about asking more and better questions, and thinking critically about the answers. It’s something every member of your team can and should do, and which everyone can learn, quickly. And done well, it will save you time by reducing unknowns and making sure you're building the right thing, in the best possible way.
In Just Enough Research, co-founder of Mule Design Erika Hall distills her experience into a brief cookbook of research methods. Learn how to discover your competitive advantages, spot your own blind spots and biases, identify small changes with huge potential impact, and why you should never, ever hold a focus group. You'll be on the path to good research in less time than you can plan your next pitch.
I've pencilled in September 22nd
If I get multiple people telling me this date is no good, I will change it.
Please vote, and looking forward to the next book