February UX Bookclub – Gamestorming

Welcome to 2015 and the first UX Melbourne event!

February’s book is Dave Gray’s classic reference, Gamestorming; an essential for any UX library. The book explores the use of games as a tool for innovation and creative thinking.

The first part of the book establishes a framework to use games to solve problems. The second part is a menu of over 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies.

What do I need to do?

The book is not designed to be read from cover to cover. Instead, we suggest reading chapters 1-3 and then exploring the games at your leisure. Alternatively, the games are all also available at <a>www.gamestorming.com.</a>

For discussion, spend a moment to think about how have you have personally applied games as part of the UX process. How did they help to facilitate research or design? What has worked, and what has not?

Where do I get the book?

O’Reilly have offered us a 50% discount code (DSUG) for the eBook (it will work for the book too, but shipping is from the US). For the cheapest hardcopy, refer to booko.

How much does the event cost?

Nothing, it’s absolutely free. Just turn up and buy something from the bar to thank them for their support of UX Melbourne.

6.00pm for a 6.30pm start.

UX Movie Night – Mike Monteiro: How Designers Destroyed the World

Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design, an interactive design studio. He has gained notoriety for expressing strong (and often incendiary) opinions on design and the designer-client relationship, as on “the most popular CreativeMornings talk of all time”, F*ck You, Pay Me. He is also the author of two books on the design profession, Design Is a Job, and You’re My Favorite Client, and a host on Let’s Make Mistakes, a podcast about design.

In this talk, Mike talks about the consequences of bad design, and how designers should be held responsible for those consequences. Come to be challenged by his ideas, and for a chance to exchange your own ideas with other designers at the event.

October UX Bookclub – Practical Ethnography

It’s time for the October UX Melbourne bookclub! For the next event, our book is ‘Practical Ethnography: A Guide to Doing Ethnography in The Private Sector’ by Sam Ladner.

Watching people in their natural habitat is one of the most insightful research techniques in a UX-ers toolkit. Sam identified that many of the current books on the topic are focused on academic audiences. In this new book, the author explores how to utilise ethnographic research within a business context, where time and stakeholder buy-in is likely to be minimal or non-existent.The book provides step-by-step guidance covering core methods, research design, using the latest mobile and digital technologies, project and client management, ethics, reporting, and translating your findings into business strategies.

The Australian distributor, Footprint Books, has generously offered us a 15% discount and free delivery! Please use the discount code PE15.

Do I have to read the book?

We do welcome everyone but research* shows that people who read even some of the book will get 80% more out of the night!

http://www.practicalethnography.com/


When is it?

Tuesday 21st October; 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start

Where is it?

To be announced. We know we keep moving; we are just trying to find the perfect space for our events!

How much does it cost?

Nothing, it’s absolutely free. Just turn up and buy something from the bar to thank them for their support of UX Melbourne.

I can’t wait that long, what do I do in the meantime?!

Get chatting on Meetup discussions.

See you there!

*Not based on rigorous research.

UX Movie Night – An innovation center within a clinic

Health care is an area that requires constant improvements, thus innovation is crucial for the development of modern medicine. But how can we stimulate innovation in a sector that is highly controlled? How can we try new experiences to improve the work of doctors? Big companies such as Apple, are currently exploring new products that could revolutionize the world of health care.

However the Mayo Clinic, based in Minnesota (USA), didn’t wait for the next revolution. They have created an innovation centre within the clinic to stimulate innovation and improve every services of the clinic. In this video you will discover how the design thinking process is currently improving the work of thousands of professionals in health care. You will also discover the passion of a designer trying new experiences while working hand in hand with doctors.

August UX Bookclub – 100 Things Every Designer Should Know About People

For the August installment of the UX Melbourne bookclub we are going to look at Susan Weinschenk’s book ‘100 Things Every Designer Should Know About People’. It’s less than a month away so there’s never been a better time to start reading!

About the book:
“We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.”

The publisher PeachPit has given us a 35% discount code. To claim the discount just select the books you wish to purchase and use ‘USERGROUP’ as the discount code. 

Do I have to read the book?
All welcome, even if you haven’t read the book.


When is it?
Tuesday 19 August
6.00pm for a 6.30pm start


Where is it?
The Loop Bar
23 Meyers Place
Melbourne VIC 3000

How much does it cost?
Nothing, it’s absolutely free. (Just turn up and buy something from the bar to thank them for their support of UX Melbourne.)

I can’t wait that long, what do I do in the meantime?!

You can join the UX Melbourne discussion group to participate in the conversation.

See you there!

UX Movie Night – Bridging the Physical-Digital Divide

User experience is not only about interfaces that we display on tablets or phones. User experience is also about the physical objects that we use in our day to day life, like the dashboard of our car or the thermostat in the lounge room.


Today digital interfaces and physical products are coming together. However user experience practitioners and industrial designers are different, but they share the same values; they deeply care about the users.

For a future Internet of Things we need to go beyond the user experience and also put a high consideration on the people that can take care of the physical product. This talk will explore how to better engage industrial designer with user experience practitioners. 

2015 Interaction Awards are Now Open

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The 2015 Interaction Awards are now open until 31 August, 2014 for submissions. In its fourth year, the Interaction Awards recognize and celebrate examples of excellence in Interaction Design across domains, channels, environments and cultures. We welcome entries for concept and production projects from students and professionals from around the world. We’re excited to continue inspiring the global Interaction Design community to share, discuss and celebrate the state of Interaction Design.

Find out more and enter at the awards web site.

PS. Our own Jeremy Yuille is on the jury this year! Congratulations Jeremy!